Pro Golfer Charged For Killing Bird With Golf Shot


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Jun 7, 2001
Pro golfer charged for killing bird with golf shot

Associated Press

Updated: March 6, 2008, 1:32 PM EST 218 comments

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - PGA tour golfer Tripp Isenhour is charged in Orlando with killing a protected migratory hawk with a golf shot.
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It occurred in December when Isenhour was filming a video segment for the television show "Shoot Like A Pro."
Prosecutors say a red-shouldered hawk was making noise, forcing a video crew to film another take. The hawk moved closer, and the golfer hit several balls at it.
A witness says the bird fell to the ground, bleeding from both nostrils. The 39-year-old golfer, whose real name is John Henry Isenhour III, is charged with cruelty to animals and killing a migratory bird.


Chino Kapone

Yo, whats wrong wit da beer we got?
Jun 10, 2005
Birds are fucking stupid. I don't blame him though. There was a redtailed hawk that nexted in by my old apartment. He demolished mine and every one of my neighbors windshield wipers. One day i came out to my truck and there was hawk blood all over my truck.


Megatron Star!
Jan 26, 2006
Brooklyn, New York
Pro golfer Tripp Isenhour faces charges for killing hawk

Ok, ya gotta be kidding me.....what an idiot!!

Pro golfer Tripp Isenhour faces charges for killing hawk
By TRAVIS REED, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 42 minutes ago

Tripp Isenhour, of Orlando, Fl…

AP - Mar 6, 1:49 pm EST
Golf Gallery ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)—An animal rights group wants the PGA Tour to take action against player Tripp Isenhour, facing charges for hitting a hawk with a golf shot because it was making noise as he videotaped a TV show.

“Because of the high profile nature of this case, the PGA needs to take steps to address its interest and to make it clear that they don’t condone animal cruelty,” said Dale Bartlett, the Humane Society of the United States’ deputy manager for animal cruelty issues.

He said the organization would contact the PGA Tour on Friday to discuss the issue.

Isenhour was charged Wednesday with cruelty to animals and killing a migratory bird, misdemeanors that carry a maximum penalty of 14 months in jail and $1,500 in fines.

Isenhour, playing the Nationwide Tour this season after losing his PGA Tour card last year, apologized in a statement released Thursday and said he was only trying to scare the hawk away.

The 39-year-old player, whose real name is John Henry Isenhour III, became angry while filming “Shoot Like A Pro” on Dec. 12 at the Grand Cypress Golf Club—his home course—when a squawking red-shouldered hawk forced another take.

He got in his golf cart and drove closer to the bird, then 300 yards away, and starting hitting balls at it. The bird didn’t move and Isenhour gave up and drove away.

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.”

Bartlett said Isenhour’s case, like the Michael Vick dog fighting case, is disappointing for society.

“We look up to professional athletes and we want them to reflect the best of us as a society and I think we’re appalled when it turns out they instead reflect some of the very worst attributes,” he said in a phone interview Thursday night.

Isenhour said he is an animal lover and his family has adopted three cats from a local shelter.

Max Johnson

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Oct 14, 2004
Bartlett said Isenhour’s case, like the Michael Vick dog fighting case, is disappointing for society.
This is exactly the same as organizing fights to the death among pit bulls. Whodathunk that the stupid fucking bird wouldn't fly away?
Jul 13, 2006
Guess the braizen bird should of flown away.

Fuck em, If he cant take a hint.
Well maybe it's warmer there and the birds have already started laying eggs. Could be a lady bird pissed off that people are around her place making noise.

Glenn Dandy

Mar 21, 2005
Wackbag Whitehouse.
If it was protecting a nest . I think the news story would be on Orka... I mean Oprah.
Jun 2, 2005
That this story is a story is sad.

That it's actually being prosecuted by a court is fucking depressing.