Hank Haney suspended from SiriusXM radio show after insensitive remarks about LPGA

May 31, 2019

Hank Haney has been suspended from his SiriusXM PGA Tour radio show in the wake of highly controversial remarks he made about women’s golf earlier this week.

The PGA Tour and SiriusXM said in a joint statement released on Twitter Thursday night that Haney’s commentary was “insensitive” but did not rule out the possibility of Haney returning to the SiriusXM airwaves.

Here is the full statement:

“Mr. Haney’s comments on women’s professional golf were insensitive and do not represent the views of the PGA Tour or SiriusXM,” the statement said. “The PGA Tour is committed to and proud of the increasingly diverse makeup of our fan base, not to mention the power and accomplishments of the game’s world-class, global players — both on the PGA Tour and the LPGA, whom we are working with more closely than ever before. SiriusXM proudly covers and supports both women’s and men’s golf and the athletes that make them great. At the PGA Tour’s instruction Mr. Haney has been suspended from the SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio channel. SiriusXM is reviewing his status on SiriusXM going forward.”

A comment from Haney was also included: “I accept my suspension and apologize again.”

Haney made headlines on Wednesday for making disparaging comments about LPGA players on his weekday morning SiriusXM radio show.

When Haney’s cohost asked him about this week’s U.S. Women’s Open, Haney said, “I’m gonna predict a Korean. That’s gonna be my prediction. I couldn’t name you, like, six players on the LPGA Tour. 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.”

Haney’s comments were quickly censured on social media, and he later apologized.

SiriusXM and the PGA Tour did not offer any comment until the statement regarding Haney’s suspension was released on Thursday evening.

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