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    So much for Golf being a "Gentleman's Game". Jerks like this do not belong on a golf course, let alone out roaming around in public. As a player I find this to be appalling. And one does not need to be a golfer or an unhinged PETA supporter to agree...

    Pro Golfer Apologizes for Killing Hawk
    By TRAVIS REED

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Pro golfer Tripp Isenhour apologized for killing a hawk that was making noise while he tried to film a TV show. Now the Humane Society wants the PGA Tour to take action.

    "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.

    Bartlett said the organization would contact the PGA Tour on Friday to discuss the issue.

    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.

    Isenhour quickly apologized Thursday.

    "As soon as this happened, I was mortified and extremely upset and continue to be upset," Isenhour said in a statement issued through his management company, SFX Golf. "I want to let everyone know there was neither any malice nor deliberate intent whatsoever to hit or harm the hawk. I was trying to simply scare it into flying away."

    The 39-year-old player, whose real name is John Henry Isenhour III, became angry while filming "Shoot Like A Pro" on Dec. 12 at the Grand Cypress Golf Club when a squawking red-shouldered hawk roughly 300 yards away forced another take.

    He drove closer to the bird in his golf cart and starting hitting balls at it. The bird didn't move and Isenhour gave up and drove away.

    Isenhour started again when the hawk moved within about 75 yards, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer Brian Baine indicated in a report.

    Isenhour allegedly said, "I'll get him now," and aimed for the hawk.

    "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.

    Bartlett said Isenhour's case, like the Michael Vick dog fighting case, is disappointing for society.

    "We look up to professional athletes and we want them to reflect the best of us as a society and I think we're appalled when it turns out they instead reflect some of the very worst attributes," he said in a phone interview Thursday night.

    Isenhour said he is an animal lover and his family has adopted three cats from a local shelter.

    "We ask that everyone accept my sincerest apology, and please be respectful of my family's privacy," he said.

    Isenhour has won four times on the Nationwide Tour, including twice in 2006. The former Georgia Tech star has played three events this year on the tour the last a 36th-place tie two weeks ago in the Moonah Classic in Australia.

    Jethro Senger, a sound engineer at the shoot, said hitting the bird was "basically like a joke to Isenhour)."

    "He just kept saying how he didn't think he could have hit it, which I think is a stupid thing for a PGA Tour golfer to say," Senger said. "He can put a ball in a hole from hundreds of yards away, and here he is hitting line drives at something that's, I don't know, a couple hundred feet away?"

    Senger said no one in the roughly 15-person crew intervened, and many later regretted it.

    "It was one of those cases where there's some trepidation on whether or not they should speak up and do something," Senger said.

    Senger said the killing was not captured on video. The bird was buried at the golf course and later dug up by Florida investigators.

    "Americans have no tolerance for cruelty to animals. Such a petty, mean-spirited act against a wild bird is inexcusable and prosecutors are right to hold Isenhour accountable to the law," Humane Society executive vice president Michael Markarian said in a statement released Thursday.


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    What the hell is wrong with these people.... I give up. I'd like to buy and island move there alone and not get any news or the paper....I'll likely live longer with less anger.

    I think he should be forced to sit in a tree, make hawk noises and and have explosive golf balls hit at him.

    It could be like the tootsie pop owl....how many licks (in this case explosive golf balls) does it take to kill an asshole golfer?
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    What a maroon.

    Had the hawk retaliated by taking an ear off at 100 mph, THAT would've been natural justice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red View Post
    What a maroon.

    Had the hawk retaliated by taking an ear off at 100 mph, THAT would've been natural justice.
    And a very cool thing to watch IMO
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    As an avid golfer, I find this story really disturbing. To me, golf is about being outside, enjoying your surroundings. Reconvening with nature so to speak. The only living thing anyone should be hitting golf balls at is the guy driving the ball retriever on the range. I can say that because I used to be that guy.

    Also, hitting a ball back at the guy playing behind you who has hit into your group several times is acceptable.
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    Apparently he really can shoot like a pro.

    What an ass.
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    When I first heard about this story I thought the guy just hit a couple of balls in the direction of the bird from far away and was actually unlucky enough to hit it. Wow.....I didn't know he put THAT much effort into killing the thing. Jesus, why not just pull a shot gun out of your bag and be done with it?

    I hope he gets all the public humiliation and ridicule that can possibly come his way. What a fucking douche.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff spicoli View Post
    The only living thing anyone should be hitting golf balls at is the guy driving the ball retriever on the range. I can say that because I used to be that guy.
    Oh, you know we're aiming for you.

    If he just was being an ass and hit a one in a million shot with one ball, thats one thing, kinda...if he went to that much effort, yeah, just go beat it to death with your club.

    A pitcher in the Cubs org a few years ago killed some Osprey or something cause it was squawking or whatever and he threw a pitch at it.
    Dealing with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Down View Post
    When I first heard about this story I thought the guy just hit a couple of balls in the direction of the bird from far away and was actually unlucky enough to hit it. Wow.....I didn't know he put THAT much effort into killing the thing. Jesus, why not just pull a shot gun out of your bag and be done with it?

    I hope he gets all the public humiliation and ridicule that can possibly come his way. What a fucking douche.
    Are you implying you normally have a shotgun in your golf bag?
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    um, i thin we all can agree that something like this (albiet a more direct hit response) would have been quite appropriate:



    hunting for food is one thing, hunting for sport, or the deliberate torture or maiming of animals is inexcusable -

    fuck these assholes. . .

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    He was just copying a celebrity....


    Rob Lowe's golf ball hits flying bird

    WEST DES MOINES (AP) A ball hit by Rob Lowe during a celebrity golf game hit the Iowa state bird in mid-flight Wednesday.
    The 43-year-old actor was hitting an approach shot on the fourth hole when his ball hit a goldfinch, dropping about 50 yards short of the green, The Des Moines Register reported.

    As the rest of the players in his group broke out in laughter and applause, Lowe raised his arms in mock celebration.

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    I don't get how people can be so insensitive to animals. I just doesn't register..

    What an asshole..

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    A hawk is such a majestic bird. He glides through the air so effortlessly. I can't think of a just punishment for that golfer. Perhaps being gored by those mighty talons would teach him to respect nature.
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    His punishment should be to listen to "How Many Say I" for 24 hours.

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    I have a source that tells me Rob Lowe has herpes................
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