Female Reporter Denied Access to Locker Room
By mustang6560 on 4/11/11
Sports columnist Tara Sullivan of the Bergen Record in New Jersey was denied access to the locker room yesterday because she was a woman. Sullivan immediately took to Twitter and posted this: "Bad enough no women members at Augusta. But not allowing me to join writers in locker room interview is just wrong."

Turns out, it was just a big misunderstanding as female journalists are allowed in the men's locker room for interviews.
Steve Ethun, director of communications for the Masters, issued an apology.

"It was a complete misunderstanding by a security guard," Ethun said. "Our policies fall in line with all of those of major sporting events in that she should have been rightfully allowed access to our locker room. ... That was a misunderstanding by that particular security guard. ... We offer our apology. It should not have happened, and that's not our policy whatsoever."
Sullivan was following Rory McIlory yesterday with a group of male reporters into the locker rooms when two security guards stopped Sullivan and said female reporters are not permitted in the locker rooms. But clearly this is not the case as women have been allowed in the locker rooms for interviews since 1985.

Augusta National Golf Club reacted quickly to the situation and offered an apology. There are no female members at Augusta so they wanted to nip any and all male chauvinistic chatter in the bud quickly and quietly.

I'm not sure how many all male clubs still exist in the world but I have to think Augusta is one of the last remaining few. I'm not sure how I feel about this policy overall. In one way, I think it's cool that they have not caved to the pressures of society to "open" it's membership. But, at the same time I can see how this would irritate some people, including Bubba Watson. At the end of the day, Augusta is a private club and they are not going to change its membership policy any time soon.



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[ comments ]
dsferris says:
I believe Congressional in DC is men only.
4/11/11
 
Kickntrue says:
easy for Augusta to apologize now. Doesn't help Sullivan get her story- or experience. i'm sure she never planned on being "the story."

@MustangSally- by the way, how do you nip something in the butt? sounds painful.
4/11/11
 
Kurt the Knife says:
nip in the butt

lol
4/11/11
 
Tee it High. says:
I think having several other female reporters come out and say they were given full access and allowed in the locker room shows that this was in fact a misunderstanding by the female security guard.
4/11/11
 
srogers13 says:
She even said that she had been allowed in the locker room plenty of time before with no problems. As far as Augusta doing what they did, I believe they did it more out of the fact that they were truely sorry for it happening, then trying to deny they were sexist. As far as if/when they ever get a female member, my bet would be that they will not send out a press release announcing that they invited/accepted a female member.
4/11/11
 
mustang6560 says:
I got the idiom wrong. To avoid confusion, I corrected the mistake. Here's the definition of "nip it in the butt" according to Urban Dictionary:

www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=nip%20it
4/11/11
 
Kickntrue says:
@mustang- did you just admit you're an "idiomit?"
4/11/11
 
lcgolfer64 says:
I personally have never understood the 'in the lockeroom' interview thing, male or female, golf, football, basketball, baseball, whatever sport. I'm not a reporter or anything even near that, so maybe I won't get it, but what's so important about getting the story in lockeroom? Versus asking it at the press conference?
4/11/11
 
Birdwell49 says:
I may be missing something, but what does Bubba Watson have to do with this story?
4/11/11
 
Kickntrue says:
@lcgolfer64- they don't roll every player through a press conference. imagine football or baseball (or golf) where there are 30-50 people who all have stories. maybe you want to talk to the guy in dead last or who lives close to your home town for an interest story in nebraska... those guys don't do the press conferences. plus- there is a huge difference in what the player will say on camera in front of 10 mics and 50 people vs a single reporter in a one on one situation.
4/11/11
 
mustang6560 says:
@Birdwell49- Bubba Watson has said he doesn't like how women aren't allowed as members at Augusta.
4/11/11
 
lcgolfer64 says:
@Kickntrue
Good points, I can see where they might say something different to a local paper/reporter that may not in front a whole group. I guess if I were being interviewed (not that it'll EVER happen with my game, excpet maybe for someone to say 'Why do suck so bad at golf?' haha) I'd at least like the opp of gathering myself and my thoughts without a reporter waiting for me the minute I got out of the shower.
But yeah it makes sense - capture the moment, get the scoop, etc.
4/11/11
 
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