Friday, March 7, 2008

Georgia Tech Golfer Kills Hawk With Golf Ball By Mistake On Purpose

Georgia Tech alum Tripp Isenhour repeatedly shot golf balls at, and finally drilled and killed, a protected species of hawk that was bothering him while he filmed a golf show in Florida in December.

The now standard contradictory description of events...

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.

... and statement released by the athlete through his agency:

"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."

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

Looks like a Mike Vick-ish discrepancy there.

Tripp Isenhour, you're a douche.

The bird was said to have become emboldened and less afraid of interaction with humans after hovering closely over several Georgia Tech football practices in Atlanta a few years back and watching Reggie Ball's repeated failed attempts to hit it with a football.

Doesn't kill protected birds.
Only kills GT fans hopes and dreams of beating Georgia.

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