SI: You got bounced by CBS in February 1996 for your intemperate remarks about women golfers, but now you're returning to the airwaves on Dec. 11 to work the inaugural World Club Championship on the Golf Channel. What did you learn during your seven-year exile?
BW: I don't know what I've learned. Quite frankly, when you're scrambling to make ends meet and have the IRS at your doorstep, it doesn't give you much time for idle thought.
SI: Do you fear you'll be remembered for the things you shouldn't have said?
BW: Yes, I would hate to be known as that guy who talked about lesbians and boobs.
SI: Did you get what you deserved?
BW: I obviously handled myself very poorly in the initial fracas. There was too much subterfuge, and I should have come out and said I was sorry. But I don't feel I've committed a crime, and my punishment has been awfully severe compared to those who have committed real misdemeanors (like Marv Albert) and have been reinstated.
SI: Is there too much political correctness in sports?
BW: There's too much political correctness in life. I regard p.c. as a form of dishonesty. People are not allowed to speak their minds in this country.
SI: Hootie Johnson has been portrayed as being politically incorrect, too. Can you sympathize with him?
BW: Definitely. It's terrifying what he's going through. Unfortunately, he has to expect it. He's taken a stance, and he's been brave enough to stand up for what he believes.