PGA Tour fires back at ex Tiger Woods coach Hank Haney and his lawsuit

PGA Tour claims Haney's "racist, xenophobic and sexist comment" resulted in his sacking from SiriusXM Radio...

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Tue, 11 Feb 2020
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The PGA Tour has filed a motion with the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida to dismiss Hank Haney's "vendetta" lawsuit.

Haney, who worked as Tiger Woods' golf coach from 2004 to 2010, was axed from his regular SiriusXM Radio show by the PGA Tour last May following comments he made that were deemed "racist, xenophobic and sexist" surrounding the US Women's Open.

"I'm going to predict a Korean," said Haney during the radio broadcast ahead of the tournament. Haney was then greeted by laughter from his co-host Steve Johnson, who then replied, "okay, pretty safe bet."

"That's going to be my prediction. I couldn't name you, like, six players on the LPGA Tour," continued. Haney. "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. Yeah, I don't know."

To make matters worse, Haney then bragged about his comments when Jeongeun Lee6 won the tournament - READ HERE

Despite being immediately suspended from his position by the PGA Tour for those remarks, Haney would later allege in December that the Tour had a "vendetta" against him. 

According to those documents, Haney is seeking damages "for the harm the PGA Tour caused when it improperly intimidated, enticed and threatened SiriusXM Radio Inc. to suspend and ultimately terminate Haney's radio broadcast on SiriusXM's PGA Tour Radio station."

Haney also claims the PGA Tour "long attempted to disrupt and interfere" in his business, especially when it came to the release of his "The Big Miss" book that spoke about his time as Woods' golf coach. 

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However, the PGA Tour has since countered Haney's accusations and filed a motion in court to dismiss his case. 

"Plaintiffs make several statements allegedly documenting PGA Tour's 'vendetta' against Haney originating in 2012," said the PGA Tour's attorneys. 

"Yet, if PGA Tour actually possessed this vendetta as Plaintiffs allege, then it seems inapposite that PGA Tour would not have protested initially and insisted SiriusXM refuse to air his program on PGA Tour Radio when SiriusXM entered into a multi-year contract in 2017 with Haney allowing him to broadcast on PGA Tour's branded radio channel.

"Accordingly, not only do Plaintiffs not have any support for this unsubstantiated allegation, but the facts belie such an assertion."

The PGA Tour also claim Haney and his legal team could not demonstrate the Tour "unjustifiably interfered with Plaintiffs' business and/or contractual relationship with SiriusXM."

The Tour also adds that SiriusXM's move to part with Haney was "based on anything other than [the radio network's] own review of Haney's racist, xenophobic and sexist comments about the LPGA and its players."

Haney also claims how the PGA Tour forced the Golf Channel's hand to discontinue his "Hank Haney Project." As a result, Haney alleges to have lost total advertising revenues in the region of "millions".

 

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