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Tiger Woods Refused to Bash Trump and Urged ‘Respect’ for Office of Presidency — ESPN Host Slams Him

When golf star, Tiger Woods, remarked about having “respect” for President Donald Trump’s office, ESPN’s co-host ranted about how “angry” he is at Woods’ statement.

As previously reported by IJR, when asked about his relationship with Trump on Sunday following his final round, Woods told the media:

“Well, he’s the president of the United States. You have to respect the office. No matter who is in the office, you may like, dislike personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office.”

ESPN’s “First Take” co-host, Max Kellerman, took a shot at Woods’ remarks, saying it was a “thoughtless statement dressed up as a thoughtful statement.”

“And it either holds in contempt the intelligence of people who hear it or else it’s just a stupid thing to say. … To say you must have respect for the office — Tiger, be clear. Are you saying that the office, therefore, confers respect on to its present temporary occupant? No. Having respect for the office means principally, in my view, is the office holder should have respect for the office.”

Watch Woods’ remarks on Sunday:

The ESPN host continued in outrage over Woods “being slick” and it was “a stupid comment”:

“We are held to a standard of behavior, we at our jobs, right, people in their daily lives. The president, if anything, is held to a higher standard of behavior. It is not such that we have such great respect for the office that no matter what the behavior of its occupant, we must respect the occupant because of the office. No. Tiger Woods … is being slick. We must respect the office therefore that confers respect to the occupant. Tiger, is that is what you are saying? If that is what you are saying, that is a stupid comment.”

Watch the ESPN host’s full comments:

Following Woods’ view on the president, he was also asked about race relations in the country: “Do you have anything to say more broadly about the state, I guess, the discourse of race relations?”

Woods responded, “No. I just finished 72 holes and really hungry,” and continued with questions related to the tournament.

Trump, who has previously played golf with Woods, reacted to the push of getting Woods to comment

ESPN host, Stephen A. Smith, also slammed Woods on “First Take” with a controversial statement attacking Woods’ race: “He’s not black.”

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