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BBC says commentator’s sexist remark about Sergio Garcia’s fiancee was ‘inappropriate’

The Washington Post logo The Washington Post 11/04/2017 Matt Bonesteel
Sergio Garcia and fiancee Angela Akins. © David Cannon/Getty Images Sergio Garcia and fiancee Angela Akins.

The BBC says longtime golf commentator Peter Alliss thought he was off air when he made a snide comment about Angela Akins, Sergio Garcia’s fiancee, during Sunday’s Masters telecast.

Alliss, 86, described Akins as wearing “the shortest skirt on campus” as the camera showed her reacting to Garcia’s tournament-winning putt to beat Justin Rose.

You can just make out Alliss’s remarks in this video.

“Whilst believing he was off air Peter made a lighthearted remark which he now knows was inappropriate,” a BBC spokesman told the Sun, via the New York Post.

Sergio Garcia celebrates with fiance Angela Akins after making a putt on the 18th green during the first playoff hole to win The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. © Michael Madrid/USA TODAY Sports Sergio Garcia celebrates with fiance Angela Akins after making a putt on the 18th green during the first playoff hole to win The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. It’s far from the first time Alliss — called “the voice of golf” by the BBC — has found himself in trouble over casually sexist remarks. In fact, it happened twice at the 2015 British Open alone, the first time when Irish amateur Paul Dunne was shown hugging his mother after he left the course with a share of the lead.

“Ah, that must be mum,” Alliss said, per the Telegraph. “Perhaps he likes older women. I don’t know but I hope I got the right one.”

Then, when the camera showed Zach Johnson’s wife as he was lining up the putt that would give him the Claret Jug, Alliss thought it would be a good time to say this: “She is probably thinking, ‘If this goes in, I get a new kitchen.’ ”

The BBC trotted out nearly the same excuse then as it did this week: “Peter made a lighthearted comment which was inappropriate and we apologise if anyone was offended.”

In April 2015, Alliss said the movement to give women equal rights in British golf has “caused mayhem” and “buggered up the game for a lot of people.”

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