The editor of Golfweek, Dave Seanor, has been fired over controversy of the Kelly Tilghman cover story in which a picture of a noose is featured. The mag has received so much negative reaction over the cover (see photo below) that the parent company of Golfweek, Turnstile Publishing Co., fired Seanor.
The president of Turnstile Publishing Co., William P. Kupper Jr., said:
“We apologize for creating this graphic cover that received extreme negative reaction from consumers, subscribers and advertisers across the country. We were trying to convey the controversial issue with a strong and provocative graphic image. It is now obvious that the overall reaction to our cover deeply offended many people. For that, we are deeply apologetic.”
The cover story in goes back to Tilghman’s comment on January 4th when she responded to fellow analyst Nick Faldo’s comment on how young rivals can stop Woods, to which Tilghman said, “lynch him in a back alley”. She was suspended for two weeks for making the comment, and Tiger Woods’ rep has said that the story is a “non-issue” and that Kelly and Tiger are friends. Kelly had stated that she and Tiger have been friends for 12 years and that she also apologized to Tiger directly. She has apologized on air as well to any viewers who may have been offended by her comments.
Seanor has been replaced by Jeff Babineau, who has worked for Golfweek the past nine years, serving in the past as editor, deputy editor and senior writer.