AUDIO – Radio host Hank Haney suspended for racist and sexist comments. Overreaction?

LPGA fans were up in arms this week because of comments made by renowned swing coach and SiriusXM radio host Hank Haney.

When the subject of an upcoming women’s golf event came up, Haney showed little interest in choosing a potential winner.

In an exchange with co-host Steve Johnson on Wednesday’s show, Johnson said, “This week is the 74th U.S. Women’s Open, Hank.”

“Oh it is?’’ Haney responded. “I’m gonna predict a Korean [wins].”

Johnson said, “OK, that’s a pretty safe bet.”

“I couldn’t name you like six players on the LPGA tour,” Haney said. “Nah, maybe I could — well, I’d go with Lee. If I didn’t have to name a first name, I’d get a bunch of them right. Honestly, Michelle Wie is hurt. I don’t know that many. Where are they playing, by the way?”

The Lee comment referenced that South Koreans have dominated the LPGA for years.

In 2019, six of the 12 LPGA events have been won by Koreans.

The most common Korean surname (particularly in South Korea) is Kim, followed by Lee (Rhee, Yi) (second most common) and Park (Pak) (third most common). Together, these top three surnames make up slightly more than half of the Korean population (based on South Korea).

Haney’s comments caught the attention of Michelle Wie, the tour’s most well-known golfer.

 

Haney apologized.

“In an effort to make a point about the overwhelming success of Korean players on the tour I offended people and I am sorry,” the message said. “I have the biggest respect for the women who have worked so hard to reach the pinnacle of their sport, and I never meant to take away from their abilities and accomplishments.”

But SXM still decided to suspend its host.

Cofield & Co. expressed disappointment because too often in these cases where people are offended by the spoken word, open dialogue about a potential issue is shutdown by the shouts of outrage.

 

 

USA Today columnist Christine Brennan called for the radio company to fire Haney.

Photo courtesy N.Y. Post

 

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