Maury Povich's $100 million sexual harassment suit puts his Michelle Wie answer, golf banter, in a new light
When I came across Maury Povich at a celebrity PGA event, he was wondering why a fan would plead for his autograph with so many big names around. One signature seeker screamed, “Maury, you’re why I’m here!” and Povich broke out laughing.
“You’re here to see Maury Povich,” he smiled as he signed. “Right.”
Now, a short time later, Povich finds himself thrust into that special huge celebrity classification: The Scandal Celebrity. People magazine wasn’t staking out Maury Povich when he was playing golf in Palm Springs. But they sure are now, showing up at his appearance in Washington D.C. Wednesday.
Funny, what a $100 million sexual harassment lawsuit filed against you can do for your starpower.
With Povich accused of creating a hostile work environment that fostered sexual harassment, in part by having an affair with one of the Maury Povich Show’s married producers, the 67-year-old is suddenly hot news. No one from the outside can say if the plaintiff, Maury producer Bianca Nardi, is telling the truth with her charges that Povich created a “Peyton Place set filled with booze and pornography.”
Povich told me, “My wife (Connie Chung) has grown to think of (famed swing coach) Peter Kostis as the Golf Devil. She used to think of him as the Golf God. She set up my first lesson with him. But now he’s tested my marriage more than any other [thing].”
Somehow, a swing coach doesn’t seem like the most imminent threat to Maury and Connie’s happiness anymore. But maybe that’s just me.
And how about Povich on his and Chung’s arguments over Michelle Wie?
“I follow the Michelle Wie thing,” Povich said. “I’m with a lot of people, I think it’s great. My wife and I differ with this. My wife’s so happy that she’s out there competing against the men. And I think, just in terms of golf, that winning is very important.
“I don’t care whether you win in little league or whether you win in the major leagues, winning is important because you learn how to win. I would like to see her play in tournaments that she knows she can win.”
Sorry, Wie Warriors. As much as you’d love to put Michelle Wie’s winless wonders above even Middle East peace on the priorities scheme, it looks like Povich and Chung have something bigger than even the sparkly loving one to fight over.
Is it fair to look back at Povich’s words in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal? Maybe not. But the guy who made his mark on tabloid trash pioneer A Current Affair and has topics like “I slept with your fiance … Is he my baby’s daddy?” on his own show now probably doesn’t have a lot of high ground to stand on.
Make your money off tabloid TV, get turned into tabloid TV fodder. There’s something just in that.
As for my impressions of Povich in our brief meeting? TravelGolf.com’s own William K. Wolfrum would be thrilled to know that I found him to be a nice guy with a good sense of humor.
Somehow, I don’t think that’s going to help him with Connie though.
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Plus this Maury stuff is couple of week old thing. You need to work harder than this. Oh, wait. You already used up all the Michelle stuffs you can find. Poor Baldy.
I guess it's that time of the week, where you have to put the money on the kitchen table. Hence another Wie-bashing.
You got to thank her, Baldy. Without her, how could you make a living? Be thankful to her , Baldy.
What are you trying to say with this story?
Maury Povich's is accused of sexual harassment, and he doesn't like what Michelle Wie is doing.
Are you saying that he is an idiot and therefore we should listen to his rants on Wie and his critisism of her choice of events.
Is this a pro Wie story from Baldwin?
Obviously it isn't attempted to be that, but I'm afraid Chris Baldwin has actually misguidedly come out in favour of Wie for once.
By the way Chris, are you looking forward to next weeks event? And don't ask which one, because we know the one you will be most interested in.
If you right people off at 16 years of age, it is just as well, Tiger Woods, Annika Sorrenstam or any of the other greats weren't influenced by your attitude when they were 16 years of age.
Nobody has won on the lpga tour at under 18 years of age.
You are indeed right about how excited Wie warriers will be when she wins. Why wouldn't they be excited? She will be the lpga's youngest winner of ever. Would you be prepared to bet against that?
This article is full of mumbo jumbo, what's your point ?
As usual you ignored the main point. Nobody has won on the lpga at under 18 years of age.
Since you discuss again and again, the Wie fans predictions of how well she will do, why don't you make some predictions of your own.
1. Do you think she will be the youngest ever lpga winner?
2. Do you think she will make the cut in Korea next week, to be the 1st woman to do so in a major mens tour event for 60 years?
Do try to answer the question, instead of straying off the point.
Their chief goal in life seems to be to bash anthing and everything that the Wies do, be it father or daughter.
I am totally amazed that Chris and his cheap knock-off haven't found something about Bo Wie to criticize as well.
Give them time though and I'm sure that even those two rejects can find some tidbit about Bo to slam her with, making it a complete package.
Some one on this site came to senses fianlly.
Baldie, you are next in line I guess.
Comment from: putt4par [Visitor]
JN, you have to realize that you will get "NO" straight answers from Chris Baldwin or his cheap knockoff, Alex.
You are so easy to bait. Prey tell what part of that did you not understand? Did you or did you not give him a Straight "NO" answer? Sheesh, you need help at the crosswalks too?
Thanks for your honest straight answer.
Michelle has the rest of this season and all of next season to prove you wrong on point 1, but at least you have given your honest opinion there. My opinion differs. I fully expect her to win this year or next. I'd back her to win this year, but by next year is a great bet.
On the 2nd question, the tournament starts next week, so that question will be answered alot sooner.
Personally I think she will make the cut, because she has been making much better starts in her last couple of tournaments, whereas that used to be a weaker point for her.
Wie to make the cut, by at least 2 shots.
Alex on your question "And wherever did you get the notion that the SK Telecom in Korea is a "major men's tour event"?
I got this notion because it is an event on one of the major men's tours. I asked my brother about this one, because he has played golf over there.
He said there are 6 main tours, and that event is on the Asian Tour, which is one of the 6 main mens tours.
A point I used to be confused about was Se Ri Pak made a cut in Korea playing in a mens event, so I wondered what was the big deal if Wie made the cut.
My brother explained Se Ri Pak's event was just an event on the Korean Tour which isn't a high class tour, whereas Wie's tournament is on The Asian Tour, which is one of the 6 main tours.
He says, the main tours are:
uspga, european pga, japanese tour, asian tour, australasian tour and south aftrican tour.
If he is wrong, I'll pass on your comments, but he should know what he is talking about, he has played in most of those places.
And if you are too thick to see what was meant about the "no" then I'm afraid that you really have passed the age when you can be held responsible for your wandering and wondering mind, such as it is.
Alex, if we rolled your grey matter into a ball and rolled it down the thin edge of a razor blade, it would look like a bb on a six lane highway.
Your idol Rush Limbaugh just turned himself in to the Palm Beach County police department charged with fraud and concealing information to obtain prescription drugs...
I guess you won't be talking to him about golf for awhile
I see Alex the human BS machine is back!!
I fully expected something really great in return but you seem to have run out of steam. Which is ok, I think we've taken this as far as we need to.
While we may never agree on everything or even on much of anything, I must admit that matching repartee with has been fun. Some you win, some you don't.
I was a bit dismayed about the comment that had Stacy threaten you and for that I apologize, didn't mean to get your dander up that far, lol
Other than that, these blogs are a riot sometimes.
Til the next round tho, have a great day.
(I think this one is dead, lol)
Michelle Wie in "Time Magazine selects the 100 most influential people in the world".
BTW, she is the only golfer in this list, so that is saying a lot.
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