Posted by: Tom Duch | March 4, 2010

Who ya gonna call…

For the second time in the past few weeks there has been an incident involving a phone number being unwillingly revealed to the public.

The more recent incident involved golfer John Daly and a writer who wrote a negative article about the Daleman. Writer Garry Smits recently had an article published that talked about Daly’s disciplinary problems over his years on the PGA Tour.

In response to the article, Long John tweeted several responses on his Twitter page. The LA Times stated that he removed these tweets, but here they are as still posted:

  • here’s the JERK who writes NON-NEWS article on debut of my show–CALL & FLOOD his line & let’s tell him how WE feel 904-233-8776 Gary Smits
  • Over the haters–To me, this isn’t journalism, it’s paparazzi-like gossip BS! Please try harder to find some REAL news next time Gary
  • Gnight All but here’s GARY SMITS cell number in case you didn’t get it 904-233-8776 <—non sports writer!

Smits told the Associated Press that he received about 100 calls and 30 messages by Wednesday afternoon. In an interview with ESPN, Daly would not answer as to why he posted the number, but instead just kept plugging his new show on the golf channel.  Daly has been through a lot in his golf career, and the majority of his tales are told in his book, My Life In and Out of the Rough.

Daly also made the news recently for his new career as an underwear model; by the looks of him, it appears Long John is no longer so long in the waist. Judging by his book, Daly is probably back on his diet of Diet Coke and cigarettes.

The other prank calling incident involved Kentucky freshman basketball stud DeMarcus Cousins. Before the Wildcats game against Mississippi State, Bulldogs fans had gotten their hands on Cousins’ cell phone number. The center would receive hundreds of calls and messages, some of which included racist taunts and comments. Cousins finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds in a winning effort, and also let the Bulldogs faithful know that he wasn’t rattled by the their sophomoric pranks. Because after all, the soon to be pro is just a freshman.


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