Golf is supposed to be a gentlemanly sport, but even pro golfers have their breaking point.
Jordan Spieth sounded off on Wednesday, after he was hounded by a pack of rabid autograph seekers following his practice round at Pebble Beach Golf Links while preparing for this weekend’s AT&T Pro-Am. Spieth originally ignored the requests for his signature but then got into an argument with a group of men who Spieth claimed were using foul language in front of children.
“I was just a little frustrated at the end, and I didn’t appreciate the language that was used. It was just some scums that bothered me,” Spieth said, according to ESPN.
“I’m just not really appreciative of people who travel to benefit off of other people’s success. I enjoy signing and I sign for kids whenever we get the chance. But these guys have these items that you’ve already seen online.”
Spieth accused the group of men of having professional memorabilia sellers, who will just flip the signed items on eBay or other online marketplaces.
“Our team keeps track of that kind of stuff, and these guys just have bags of stuff to benefit from other people’s success when they didn’t do anything themselves. Go get a job instead of trying (to) make money off of things we’ve been able to do.”
It’s not the first time the former World Number One golfer has made a stand against unruly autograph seekers. Last summer at the U.S. Open, he refused to sign for “eBayers” (his words) after they crowded out a child who was also hoping to score Spieth’s autograph.
Here’s the full clip of Spieth giving his take on the incident: