US editor sacked after putting noose on magazine cover to illustrate Tiger Woods 'lynch' controversey

Last updated at 23:24 20 January 2008

The Tiger Woods "lynch" controversy has claimed another victim.

The editor of US-based Golfweek magazine has been fired from his job after putting a hangman's noose on the front cover.

Dave Seanor used the image to cover the story of a TV presenter who made a racist remark about the world's top golfer.

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Former professional Kelly Tilghman was suspended from appearing on the Golf Channel after making the insensitive comment.

She had joked with her co-presenter, British golfer Nick Faldo, that the only way to stop Tiger winning every tournament was to "lynch him in a back alley".

Tilghman,37, was suspended from her £150,000 a week job after civil rights activist the Rev Al Sharpton said her remarks were an "insult to all blacks".

She apologised for the remark and Tiger, who is friends with the glamorous presenter, said he had not been offended.

But the controversy raged in golf clubs across America and the popular Golfweek magazine covered the story in its latest edition.

Lynching is a particularly offensive word for black Americans.

The white supremacist Ku Klux Klan regularly lynched its victims and hanging was the favoured form of execution used by slave owners.

Golfweek put a noose on the front page with the headline: Caught in a Noose."

Another headline read: "Tilghman slips up and Golf Channel can't wriggle free."

But within days of publication Seanor was out of a job after a flood of complaints.

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William Kupper Jr., president of Turnstile Publishing, Golfweek's parent company, said: "We apologise for creating this graphic cover that received extreme negative reaction from consumers, subscribers and advertisers across the country.

"We were trying to convey the controversial issue with a strong and provocative graphic image. It is now obvious that the overall reaction to our cover deeply offended many people. For that, we are deeply apologetic."

Tilghman, who sent Tiger a personal letter of apology, will resume her duties as a presenter next week having served her suspension.

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