ESPN reports that PGA golfer Tripp Isenhour was taping a television golf show when a local hawk on the golf course became irascible, distracting him and forcing a retake. Isenhour responded by whacking a few golf balls at the bird. The 7th golf ball was the culprit: this ball nailed the red-shouldered hawk in the head, killing it instantly.
Now Isenhour faces Charges of animal cruelty and killing a migratory bird. In an apology statement released through his company SFX Golf, Isenhour claimed to be “an animal lover,” citing three cats that his family owned from a local shelter as evidence of his naturally sympathetic nature toward animals.