After Steve Williams, Tiger Woods’ former caddie, made a racist comment at an awards dinner, he was condemned by the Professional Golfers Association and Tiger Woods’ management team, but not by his new boss, Adam Scott.
Steve Williams, 47, was given an award for the year’s best celebration – a reference to his tongue-in-cheek claim that his current employer Adam Scott’s victory at the Bridgestone Invitational in August was “the best win of my career” – despite being on the bag with Tiger Woods for 13 majors.
Asked what the celebration was all about, Steve Williams said: “It was my aim to shove it right up that black a**hole.”
Though Steve Williams issued an apology, people are now criticizing Adam Scott’s lack of criticism.
Adam Scott, who now retains Steve Williams, said that he disapproves of Williams’ remark, but is trying to put the whole incident in the past.
“I don’t think anyone condones racism in sport or anything,” Adam Scott said.
“I don’t see it being an issue moving forward.
“I think from my side of things and my teams, the matter has been put to bed. I’ve got nothing more to talk about it with anyone. So I’m moving on.
“I heard Steve issue an apology. What more should I do?
“Look, anything with Tiger involved is a story,” Adam Scott continued.
“I value Steve’s contribution to my game and to have him on the bag.”
Mark Steinberg, Tiger Woods’ agent at Excel Sports Management, was with the golfer when he heard the news.
He said: “It’s a regrettable comment, and there’s really nothing that Tiger can do or say. He’s just going to move on.”
Steve Williams’ comment was met with a mixture of laughter and shock at the ceremony, with some players turning to each other with eyes widened and jaws agape.