GRANTLAND lurker Caleb Hannan’s article about a revolutionary putter seemed at first,a good job of investigative reporting. Hannan a self described golfing enthusiast received one of DR. V’s Oracle putters as a gift. Despite realizing statistically his putting didn’t improve he was still enthusiastic about the Oracle.
I then went to a public course to try the Oracle on some actual greens. I didn’t make every putt — far from it. But I did seem to sink more than usual. And like McCord, the more I used the putter the more I became its unofficial pitchman. I began to look forward to the “oohs” and “ahhs” from strangers when they would first see me use the club to pick the ball out of the hole. I enjoyed telling the wild story behind the putter’s invention. It turned a normal round of golf into an act of seduction. And it was all because Dr. V’s club had me putting with a lot more confidence.
I was ready to proclaim her an unknown genius with an idea that could revolutionize golf. All that was left to do was make sure the stories about engineering accolades and top-secret defense projects were legit. It was, I thought, just a formality.
Perhaps in hopes of cashing in on a new golfing craze Hannan became a advocate for its new design until…he discovered DR. V was transgender and not a MIT scientist who worked on stealth fighters as she had claimed..
Caleb, apparently in a fit of transphobic rage forgot his promises of confidentiality, the cornerstone of investigative reporting, and outed Ms.V a transgender woman which resulted in her committing suicide. The story would have barely made a ripple without outing her, a fact Grantland was well aware of.
Hannan reveling in the attention tweeted
How about if you said you are sorry for purposely inflicting such unnecessary pain on a fellow human? It would be appropriate if Grantland editors fired you, then you could say, got a job for a lurker? But no, Grantland posted this horrific picture of the Oracle putter in a trash can the same as Hannan did with Mrs. V’s life.
Grantland posted this picture to facebook making sure all who read it know how they feel about trans people. In the trash.
The top two comments on the Grantland facebook page sum it up pretty well.
You can still go to DR. V’s YAR website and customize a putter with a inscription if you wish..
R.I.P. Dr. V.