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    OT: Birdie results in arrest of Pro Golfer

    PGA Tour player Tripp Isenhour faces criminal charges for killing hawk in tree with shot

    By TRAVIS REED, Associated Press Writer

    AP - Mar 6, 1:49 pm EST

    Golf Gallery ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)—PGA Tour player Tripp Isenhour was charged with killing a hawk on purpose with a golf shot because it was making noise as he videotaped a TV show.

    Isenhour was with a film crew for “Shoot Like A Pro” on Dec. 12 at the Grand Cypress Golf course. The 39-year-old player, whose real name is John Henry Isenhour III, was charged Wednesday with cruelty to animals and killing a migratory bird.

    The charges carry a maximum penalty of 14 months in jail and $1,500 in fines.

    Isenhour apologized in a statement and said he was only trying to scare the hawk away.

    According to court documents, Isenhour got upset when a red-shouldered hawk began making noise, forcing another take. He began hitting balls at the bird, then 300 yards away, but gave up. 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.

    “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.”

    Isenhour said his family has adopted three cats from a local shelter.

    “I am an animal lover,” he said. “We ask that everyone accept my sincerest apology, and please be respectful of my family’s privacy.”

    Isenhour has spent two full years on the PGA Tour, both times failing to keep his card. He has won four times on the Nationwide Tour, including twice in 2006.

    “He just kept saying how he didn’t think he could have hit it, which I think is a stupid thing for a PGA Tour golfer to say,” said Jethro Senger, a sound engineer at the shoot. “He can put a ball in a hole from hundreds of yards away, and here he is hitting line drives at something that’s, I don’t know, a couple hundred feet away?”

    Senger said it was “basically like a joke to (Isenhour).” He said no one in the roughly 15-person crew intervened, and many later regretted it.

    “It was one of those cases where there’s some trepidation on whether or not they should speak up and do something,” Senger said.

    Senger said the killing was not captured on video. The bird was buried at the golf course and later dug up by Florida investigators.

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    At least he didn't throw it off a cliff

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    What a fricken a-hole.

    On a side note Dave Winfield is very interested in how this one winds up.

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    Nice friggin' shot!

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    Almost as bad as the Marine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bergen Jet View Post
    What a fricken a-hole.

    On a side note Dave Winfield is very interested in how this one winds up.
    It was an accident..

    Besides, it was only an animal.

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    another assh*ole. amazing.

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    well since it was clearly intentional, then screw him... if it was an accident while playing a round, no biggie (sucks but that's life)... but aiming at the thing and clearly taking a least a dozen shots, he deserves the punishment

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    wonder if he will be sharing a cell with mike vick???

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    Let's see the outrage over the real bird vs. the faked puppy. I'll bet the post count will be 5:1 puppy to bird.

    SAR I

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    i dont remember randy johnson getting in trouble when he killed a bird with his fastball while playing for the diamondbacks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAR I View Post
    Let's see the outrage over the real bird vs. the faked puppy. I'll bet the post count will be 5:1 puppy to bird.

    SAR I

    they're both pieces of sh*t.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAR I View Post
    Let's see the outrage over the real bird vs. the faked puppy. I'll bet the post count will be 5:1 puppy to bird.

    SAR I
    Come on SAR, did you see how cute that fake puppy was? It melted my fake heart.

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    its a ****in bird......what has this world come to.....might as well charge hunters with criminal charges too

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBensAngel7 View Post
    i dont remember randy johnson getting in trouble when he killed a bird with his fastball while playing for the diamondbacks?
    Because the stupid bird flew in front of his fastball, the golfer intentionally tried to hit the hawk, making several attempts to do so.
    Last edited by Tyler Durden; 03-06-2008 at 09:00 PM.

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    so he shot a birdy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by James Hasty View Post
    so he shot a birdy?
    OK, this one made me laugh. heh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James Hasty View Post
    so he shot a birdy?
    there went my wine all over my computer..lol. that is a good one

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBensAngel7 View Post
    there went my wine all over my computer..lol. that is a good one

    LOL....that made me change the title of the thread

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    point taking about randy johnson. but seriously, its crazy when people get harsher punishment for doing something to an animal over a human.

    and no i am not an animal hater. i had a dog, but i had to give it away b/c the house i am renting the landlord wouldnt let me have my dog.

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