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Posted on March 7, 2008 with No Comments
“ORLANDO, Fla. (March 6) – Pro golfer Tripp Isenhour apologized for killing a hawk that was making noise while he tried to film a TV show.”
“About the sixth ball came very near the bird’s head, and (Isenhour) was very excited that it was so close,” Baine wrote.”
”A few shots later, witnesses said he hit the hawk. The bird, protected as a migratory species, fell to the ground bleeding from both nostrils.”
“Because of the high profile nature of this case, the PGA needs to take steps to address its interest and to make it clear that they don’t condone animal cruelty,” said Dale Bartlett, the deputy manager for animal cruelty issues for the Humane Society of the United States.”
“Isenhour, who plays on the developmental Nationwide Tour, was charged Wednesday with cruelty to animals and killing a migratory bird, misdemeanors that carry a maximum penalty of 14 months in jail and $1,500 in fines.”
Professional athletes unfortunately are always in the spotlight and under public scrutiny. It doesn’t matter if they are doing a good deed or something bad. That being said, why didn’t someone who was with him stop him? Was no one thinking about what could possibly happen if he hit this animal? He is after all someone with the skill to put a ball in a small hole that can be several hundred feet away. Did no one speak up because of who he is and what the potential backlash could be? Everyone wants to fit in but at what cost. If someone had spoken up maybe this bird would still be alive.