Golf Digest WomanAugust 26, 2009

Kim Lashes Out

Christina Kim isn't oblivious to the naysayers who feel that her jubilation at the Solheim Cup matches may have gone overboard. And she's not shy about lashing out against negative commentaries.

In the past 24 hours, she's tweeted things like, "Ok I've had enough rudeness being thrown at me for one day. I'm so over this whole hateful BS. I'm out. Thanks a lot to the negative folks," and, "But the rudeness has forced me to commence the usage of my blocking powers. Thanks, jerks, for making this a less than euphoric getaway for us athletes, and a place where we fear to tread and try to communicate with our fans. You should be ashamed of yourselves."

Kim's most heated exchange on Twitter happened with Tim "Monty" Montemayor, a sports broadcaster who hosts a live radio show, "The Monty Show," in Los Angeles.

It all started when "Monty" provided a link to a negative story about Kim, and said she "got smacked hard!" The following exchange ensued:

Kim: homey, why post that? Are you trying to get blocked? You'll be the first but if that's what you wish, let me know

Monty: What? I just spent five minutes defending you on national radio! Don't be so defensive!

Kim: but why post that? Period? For me to read? Really. I don't mean to be defensive, but that post hurt dude

Monty: Honestly and truly...that hurt you feeling? NO (expletive)...That hurt you feelings? and if you knew me or this show, I am about the last one you shot be taking block shots at!

Kim: Why post something like that, ever, if you didn't want to create an f-wording stir? It makes no sense to be mean, dude..

Monty: email was not being mean! At all!

Kim: I understand you didn't intend on being mean, but it still hurt. I'm still a human, sensitive and all, you know? :-)

Kim was also hurt when another Tweeter asked her to "listen" to an article in which Dottie Pepper says "she should be a little more respectful of the game," and "in the NFL she'd have been given 18 excessive celebration penalties."

Someone finally advised Kim to ignore the negativeness. "Nobody can see tweets that go directly to you-so don't reply," she wrote. Kim quickly acknowledged, and since then has only said, "Thank you to all of my followers and supporters for the constant love and positive energy! Eye. Heart. You. All!!"

Kim now accepts that she'll continue to get criticized, but her Twitter battles have left her weary. Do you agree with her detractors who say her excessive audience interaction is over the top and doesn't belong in this sport, or do you agree with her fans who think Kim is the best thing that's happened to women's golf in a long time?

Also, what's your take on Twitter-bashing? It's easy to tear someone down from behind the safe haven of a computer screen. Does it need to stop?

--Ashley Mayo