Yes, it was boorish. On that we can all agree. When Bio Kim, the leading money winner on the Korean Tour, reacted to a camera click in his backswing by thrusting a middle finger toward the offending spectator and then slamming his driver to the ground, he clearly violated the norms of professional behavior.
Bio Kim Photo: Jennifer Perez, PGA Tour via Getty Images
Such action warranted a healthy fine and a stern talking to. But a three-year suspension?
Kim was banned from the tour, which is run by the Korea Professional Golfers’ Association, for three years. Three. Years. Here are just a few of the felonies you can commit in New York and receive shorter sentences than three years:
Criminally negligent homicide
First-degree criminal contempt
Fourth-degree grand larceny
Fourth-degree money laundering
Second-degree identity theft
Second-degree vehicular assault
Depending on where you live, other crimes that jar civilized sensibilities...
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