Sony Open leader Matt Every broke the golden rule of golf channel interviews last night when he spoke about something other than golf. And once Every had swam down the deep end by answering The Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman’s question about his arrest and Tour suspension for marijuana possession, they just stood by and watched him paddle.
I’m in Every’s corner, everyone has smoked a bit of Woof Woof in their time but it made for pretty uncomfortable TV. Especially as the man had just walked in happy leading the golf tournament.
“It was alright,” he said to Tilghman. “I just got three months off. It’s just golf. I don’t think I was doing anything wrong. It happened. I’m the same person, I have the same friends and I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. “There’s a lot worse stuff that goes on out here than what I got in trouble for and that’s all I’m going to say about it.”
“I felt like my penalty for getting in trouble was not only the three months but being on the Nationwide Tour last year. I'm not mad at the Tour. They did what they had to do. I totally understand it. But it's over with."
“I feel like I’m the same person. I’m maybe a little more responsible, but I’m not a huge party animal — I’m married, I got a kid on the way,” he said. “I just like to live, and whatever happened, happened.”
In the media room after Every stood by his friends and defended his actions.
“ I still hang out with the same people. I have great friends. If one of my friends likes to smoke marijuana every now and then, I’m not going to say, well, you can’t be my friend anymore,” he said. “Honestly, man, I know more people who smoke marijuana than who don’t smoke marijuana. I know that’s probably not the politically correct thing to say, but it’s the truth. It’s not a big deal to me. Like I don't frown upon people doing that stuff. I don't do it, but I don't frown upon it. ”