If John Daly were a black NBA player instead of a white golfer would he still be beloved?

In an unprecedented acquisition for a media outlet, Garry Smits, the golf writer at the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, acquired a copy of John Daly’s expansive PGA Tour personnel and disciplinary file.

Which leads me to the age-old question I’ve been asking about Daly for years: Why does this guy remain so popular among American sports fans?

According to the recent Times-Union story, “The PGA Tour ordered John Daly to undergo counseling or enter alcohol rehabilitation centers seven times, once disciplined him for hitting golf shots off the top of a beer can during a pro-am and cited him 21 times for ‘failure to give best efforts,’ during Tour events.

“Daly has also been accused of nearly hitting an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent after failing to stop his car at a security checkpoint at the 2005 U.S. Open in Pinehurst, N.C., and of launching golf balls over the heads of spectators who were sitting in the bleachers during a 1993 golf clinic, according to the PGA Tour’s confidential personnel file on Daly.

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