Mark Lye’s Twitter username is @letitflye, and the former SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio broadcaster is using it to defend insulting statements he made about the WNBA, which led to his dismissal.
“You know, the LPGA Tour to me is a very different tour than it was 10 years ago,” Lye stated on a recent episode of The Scorecard. You couldn’t pay me to sit here and watch. You couldn’t possibly do it. Because I couldn’t relate in any way. It’s kind of like if you’re a basketball player — and please don’t take this the wrong way; I’m not bashing anyone — but I saw some highlights of women’s basketball. Is there a gun in the house, man? Rather than watch it, I’ll shoot myself.”
The fact that I can’t relate to WNBA does not make me sexist in any way. All you haters should listen to the whole segment, where I completely glorified womens golf, which I love to cover. Thanks for listening.
— mark lye (@letitflye) February 6, 2022
“I really enjoy watching men’s basketball.” Men’s golf is one of my favorite sports to watch. I’ve never been a fan of women’s golf. But I’ll tell you something. I’ve had a front-row seat to these ladies’ performances since I used to host the Lucas Cup every year, which featured LPGA and PGA Tour players.
“I was terminated because of statements made regarding the WNBA, which I apologized for starting the following part,” the champion of the PGA Tour’s 1983 Bank of Boston Classic told GOLF.com on Sunday.
I'm a lifelong golf fan, have followed the sport since the early 80s and for the life of me can't remember ever hearing your name until today. Enjoy your 15 minutes I guess…
— Big Willy (@ArtVand59858733) February 6, 2022