[Note: See the update, Giuliani Golf Joke Tour.]
Andrew Giuliani, son of former New York City Mayor Rudolph “9/11″ Giuliani, was thrown off the golf team at Duke University for conduct unbecoming a country club member and being a crappy golfer. A true sportsman, he is suing the university.
Former Duke “Blue Devils” golf coach Rod Myers recruited Young Giuliani, then died. The grounds of Giuliani’s suit seem to be that Duke seduced and abandoned him and must let him play golf, however low his behavior and high his scores, or something to that effect. The 22-year-old would-be pro golfer has a strained relationship with his father, a one-time would-be presidential candidate.
Current Duke golf coach O.D. Vincent, the former UCLA coach, suspended young Mr. Giuliani for a series of infractions, including: driving too fast while exiting a parking lot, breaking a club, getting into an altercation with a teammate and, apparently, throwing apples (we at NotionsCapital have been hit by thrown baseballs and apples, and apples are worse).
Edgar Sandoval and Tracy Conner of the New York Daily News quote anonymous Duke students saying Giuliani had become “arrogant and disrespectful toward some of his teammates” and mention the apple-throwing; unnamed team members said the apple-throwing was “provoked.”
There was some weird kind of reverse-“Survivor”-type vote where the coach would allow Mr. Giuliani back on the team if all teammates lobbied for him; they did not. In a freshman-literary vein, the suit likened this to “Lord of the Flies.”
Eighty-one registered commenters on the NY Daily News web site have contributed kindly observations that Mr. Young Giuliani, a college junior and “sissy boy,” “ranked 12th out of 14 players” on the team, “His best finish in college was 36th,” and so on.
Hat tip: Inside Higher Ed
Image by Mike Licht.