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Police say a golfer on a Long Island course yelled racial slurs at two other players and attacked one with a golf club. Tracie Strahan reports.
Police say a golfer on a Long Island course yelled racial slurs at two other players and attacked one with a golf club.
Grant Smith, who is white, allegedly approached the two black men, 66 and 65, on the third hole of the White Course at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow Tuesday, and made several comments about how he should be allowed to play through, one of the men told NBC 4 New York.
Smith, 48, allegedly kept shouting at the men, telling them they didn't have any golf etiquette.
"I said, 'if you were courteous, I would have allowed you to go through, but after this, no,'" one told NBC 4 New York, asking that his name be withheld.
He said he then made an obscene gesture at Smith, who became angry and approached the pair on the fifth hole moments later, yelling at them, including using the "n-word" three times.
"After the third one, he grabbed his club ... came up to us and swung the iron and hit my buddy in the leg," the man told NBC 4 New York.
The impact broke the head off the club, and police said Smith then threatened to stab the victims with the broken club before fleeing.
Smith was arrested Thursday at his home in Long Beach. He was charged with two counts of assault and menacing. He pleaded not guilty in court Friday.
--Tracie Strahan contributed to this story