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Friday, August 26, 2011

ESPN 'reminds' Azinger to lay off tweets about President Obama

From: USA TODAY

ESPN is coming down on Paul Azinger for mocking President Barack Obama on Twitter. The golf analyst tweeted Friday that the Commander-in-chief plays more golf than he does -- and that Azinger has created more jobs this month than Obama has.

ESPN has 'reminded" Azinger his venture into political punditry violates the company's updated social network policy for on-air talent and reporters issued yesterday.

"Paul's tweet was not consistent with our social media policy, and he has been reminded that political commentary is best left to those in that field," spokesman Andy Hall told Game On! in a statement.

ESPN's Hall would not comment on whether Azinger, who won the 1993 PGA Championship, will be fired, suspended or punished in some way. "We handle that internally," he said.

President Obama has a good relationship with ESPN. He's appeared several times on the network to fill out his March Madness brackets for both the men's and women's college basketball tournaments.

PREVIOUS: ESPN's Paul Azinger is zinging President Barack Obama for playing too much golf on Martha's Vineyard during his vacation. The PGA pro, golf analyst, author and businessman took to Twitter to mock Obama, tweeting he's created more jobs than the President.

Azinger, who captained the U.S. team to victory in the 2008 Ryder's Cup, tweeted Friday:

Facts: Potus has played more golf this month than I have: I have created more jobs this month than he has.


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