SiriusXM Golf Analyst Fired After Trashing WNBA During Broadcast
SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio analyst Mark Lye was fired from his role as an analyst after making disparaging comments toward the WNBA.
Lye, a former PGA Tour winner, made the comments during an episode of The Scorecard on Saturday.
“You know, the LPGA Tour to me is a completely different tour than it was 10 years ago. … You couldn’t pay me to watch. You really couldn’t. Because I just, I couldn’t relate at all. It’s kind of like, you know, if you’re a basketball player — and I’m not trashing anybody; please, don’t take it the wrong way — but I saw some highlights of ladies’ basketball. Man, is there a gun in the house? I’ll shoot myself than watch that,” said Lye.
Lye continued, “You know, I love watching the men’s basketball. I love watching the men’s golf. I never used to like watching ladies’ golf. But I will tell you this. I’ve been up close watching these ladies play because I used to have a big function every year called the Lucas Cup and I’d have LPGA players and PGA Tour players.”
By Sunday afternoon, the episode of The Scorecard that featured Lye’s comments was taken down.
“The fact that I can’t relate to WNBA does not make me sexist in any way. All you haters should listen to the whole segment, where I completely glorified women’s golf, which I love to cover. Thanks for listening,” Lye wrote in a tweet on Sunday.
As expected, the tweet received a good amount of backlash.