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Harding Park tells Michael Jordan to stick his cigar where the sun don’t shine

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Well this could get interesting. Just days before the United States and the International team face-off at Harding Park, the general manager of the city’s parks and recreations department is trying to throwing his own wrench in the whole process by throwing one of the best players in the sport off his game.

And, no, we aren’t talking about Tiger Woods.

Michael Jordan’s smoke rings are getting the attention of Harding Park, a course that had a city imposed smoking ban put in place back in 2007. While there are some people who are taking the high road and letting Jordan off the hook — the city attorney’s spokesman said he wouldn’t tell Jordan to stop smoking — and then there are those who won’t let the issue die.

“I’ve already sent an e-mail to the PGA Tour director,” Recreation and Park general manager Phil Ginsburg told the newspaper. “It was a gentle nudge reminding them that smoking is illegal and that we would appreciate their support.”

And what’s the fine that comes along with a smoking violation at Harding Park? Try a $100 slap on the wrist. I think Jordan has a couple of those bills collecting lint in the lining of his golf slacks.

Regardless, this looks like a point of contention that just won’t go away. Jordan apparently knows the rules and just doesn’t care about them. “Heard this is a public place, so they limit what you can smoke,” Jordan said. “I’m not even supposed to be smoking, but this was a practice round and no one said anything.”

He was pictured lighting one up on Tuesday during a practice round with U.S. players. The photo has since sparked the controversy. Why it’s such a big deal for one of the game’s greatest to smoke on the course for a couple of days for a major golf event, I haven’t a clue. I can understand if it was during public tee-times; but this is a unique situation.

One can only hope the city swallows the rule and lets the course and event shine over the next four days.

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Written by Jonathan Wall

10/07/2009 at 6:16 pm

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