NBC golf analyst Johnny Miller is at it again – this time using an ill-advised joke in regards to the play during the final round of the 2010 U.S. Open and comparing it to the BP oil crisis.
One could say there’s a bit of irony in the situation, considering that the analyst was reporting from Pebble Beach – and now finds himself once again sitting on rocky ground.
In June of 2008, Miller had to apologize to Rocco Mediate for one of his on-air comments, specifically upon referring to Mediate as someone who “looks like the guy who cleans Tiger’s swimming pool.” The whole story came about when Mediate challenged Tiger Woods in the U.S. Open that year – forcing a playoff with the top player in the world.
This time, Miller has clearly outdone himself – not just offending one pro golfer who comes from a different background.
Nope, this time he compares the US Open leaders – all who were struggling during the final round – to the BP disaster, stating that he didn’t know who was “leaking more oil, the field or British Petroleum” – all broadcasted on national television for the world to hear.
Listen, I’m not usually the type to pick up on a comment made by a commentator during a sporting event. Certainly, I’ve missed my share of absurd lines by a number of analysts over the years – but this one, I did pick up on, and sent the following tweet about it immediately following the comment:
“Did Johnny Miller just make a comparison of this leaderboard to BP? Bad taste, man…”
The BP oil crisis is not anything to take lightly – and certainly not anything to use as the butt of a joke during a major sporting event, what with all the people out of work because of it and all of the wildlife and coastline that is being slowly destroyed due to the tragedy.
For times when certain people in the golf world face certain circumstances, I think it’s about time that Johnny Miller faced some of his own – because how many times can one person keep getting another chance?
It’s getting to the point that Miller is living the cartoonish life of a cat – earning nine lives.
Is this really someone that NBC wants to continue to have represent them for the majority of a golf major?
Yes, we should all be held to a high standard – and for Miller, one blunder – OK, fine – but it’s becoming more obvious that he shouldn’t be an analyst on a major network, because he can’t turn the switch on in his head as to what’s right to say.
Certainly, I wasn’t alone on Twitter when chiming in on the matter, as it happened – and later, I began to get the feeling that this wouldn’t be the last we would hear of it – when I said:
“On tap at the Final Round of the #USopen: More bogeys, angry Tiger presser and a public apology by Johnny Miller for his BP joke.”
This year’s U.S. Open at Pebble Beach certainly was a wild one – and one under no circumstances was I going to change the channel due to one ignorant voice.
“All good things come to an end some day,” Miller was quoted as saying later in the NBC broadcast of the final round of the US Open.
Albeit in a different context, I still respond by saying…
Exactly, Johnny… EXACTLY.