Rory McIlroy’s ankle injury sparked some witty, thought-provoking and downright stupid responses on Monday. We’re going to skip over the somewhat rational stuff and get right to the dumb-asserie. Starting, of course, with Fox News.
Seems a personality on the fair and balanced network has a major issue with the current world No. 1, who (ICYMI) ripped up his ankle over the weekend playing soccer with his chums. Believing her mic to be off after a segment in which on-air talent was chatting about McIlroy possibly having to skip the British Open because of his ruptured ligament, the woman proclaimed her dislike for the lad from Northern Ireland, calling him a "leprechaun." The faceless voice also said she "can’t stand him."
FoxNews with an interesting take on @McIlroyRory "he's a leprechaun,I can't stand him" @Deadspin @bustedcoverage @BSO pic.twitter.com/Yd9EiBM7ki— Scott Love (@ScottLLove) July 6, 2015
Fox Outnumbered host Harris Faulkner later tweeted that the off-camera comment caught her completely off guard.
Ugh, did NOT hear that said when we were live. MY reaction was re: his reputation of the not-so-nice fiance firing. https://t.co/uB20MbF0ey— HarrisFaulkner (@HARRISFAULKNER) July 6, 2015
Though no other explanation has been forthcoming, others surmised that the remark had something to do with the way McIlroy, more than a year ago, dispatched of his then-fiancee, Caroline Wozniacki, in a 10-minute phone call. Speaking of the distaff half of Wozzilroy, here’s Mensa Candidate No. 2:
Caroline Wozniacki calls out #Wimbledon for sexist scheduling ... then promptly asked a question about Rory McIlroy pic.twitter.com/8vO9lpoAyy— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) July 6, 2015
And then there are the folks castigating McIlroy for daring to step outside of his cocoon and, you know, doing things other than knock the crap out of a golf ball.
Tom Watson is playing in an event in Halifax today and says Rory McIlroy's injury was "stupid" - http://t.co/2FhWZPIlsW— Adam Stanley (@adam_stanley) July 6, 2015
Others were not too keen on that notion.
The Rory injury is a good example of why athletes should be kept in an oxygenated bubble when they aren't playing.— Shane Ryan (@ShaneRyanHere) July 6, 2015
I, for one, think Rory should live in a giant plastic bubble, only extracting himself for the majors. https://t.co/0qB1VSp1kY— Luke Kerr-Dineen (@LukeKerrDineen) July 6, 2015
LEAKED PHOTO: The actual moment Rory ruptures his ankle tendon playing soccer. #RoryMcIlroy #TheOpen #JordanSpieth pic.twitter.com/GLd9gZUvV6— Pete Pappas (@PGAPappas) July 6, 2015
With McIlroy skipping this week’s Scottish Open and questionable for the defense of his Open Championship crown at St. Andrews, medical specialists’ opinions about his prognosis range from, he should be good to go in a couple of weeks, to he’ll need surgery and could be sidelined for months. The four-time major winner will likely make no pronouncement about his status until next week, but European Tour golfer Richie Ramsay would not be surprised if McIlroy landed on the 60-day DL.
I had a full tear of ligaments in my ankle not long ago. It takes a lot longer than you think to heal.— Richie Ramsay (@RamsayGolf) July 6, 2015
@badboypaulie if it is a full tear 6-8 weeks even then prob won't be fully healed— Richie Ramsay (@RamsayGolf) July 6, 2015
3 months til I played after tearing ligaments and even then getting my foot to work the right way was tough.— Richie Ramsay (@RamsayGolf) July 6, 2015
**** Update: Fox Business Network’s Lisa "Kennedy" Montgomery takes credit for that quote about Rory McIlroy being a "leprechaun," and she wished to make clear that she was being gentle in her remarks.
On Tuesday's edition of Outnumber, Montgomery, who goes by "Kennedy" as host of the prime-time program of the same name, had this to add to the comments she made off-camera a day earlier:
"Yesterday at this time I used the word leprechaun to describe golfer Rory McIlroy. I love sports, I love golf, but I am not a fan of Rory’s. Mostly for the way he treated tennis great Caroline Wozniacki and discarded her like a piece of chewed gum when he broke her heart and broke off their engagement in a short phone conversation. That’s worse than breaking up on a Post-it.
"Now to be clear, neither Harris [Faulkner, Fox Outnumber host] nor Jenna Lee [co-host of Fox News’ Happening Now] used the term and I don’t want them to get the credit for it. I called Rory McIlroy a leprechaun and believe me I wanted to call him much worse. As you know, some of my best friends are leprechauns and they also have tremendous sense of humor. Thank you."