It was a weird, long Memorial Day weekend in the world of sports

Early Monday morning, golf legend Tiger Woods was arrested on suspicion of DUI and jailed for nearly four hours before being released from Palm Beach County jail.

The resulting mugshot quickly went viral, but Golfweek writer Geogg Shackelford noticed something odd about the photo ESPN aired.

So did ESPN try to clean up the unflattering photo of Woods, one of the most popular athletes in the world, before airing it on their network?

That doesn’t appear that was the case. According to a company spokesperson, an editor quickly cropped the photo to place it in front of the network's normal blue background, making it appear cleaner. 
“We have utilized a standard template for on-air headshots, which led to the background being dropped for consistency," ESPN said in a statment to "We will revisit this process to improve it going forward.”

In fact, ESPN also aired the unedited (and less flattering) photo of Woods during its broadcast, which appeared to the right of its edited version.

Reporter fired for Indianapolis 500 tweet

After winning the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, Takuma Sato summed up what the victory meant for his Japanese fans.

"This is going to be mega-big," Sato said. "We showed the great result today and I am very proud of it."

But Denver Post sports writer and former ESPNer Terry Frei had a different take on Sato’s victory in a since-deleted tweet, and it cost him his job.
Frei issued two apologies (one of which included a promo for his book) before sharing a lengthy explanation in an attempt to explain his ill-advised tweet.
Despite the apologies, the Post made the decision to fire Frei, a seven-time Colorado sportswriter of the year, after readers complained about the racial implications of his comment.

One reader pointed out that during World War II, the Army's 442nd Infantry Regiment was comprised almost entirely of Japanese-Americans. That regiment, which fought in Italy, southern France, and Germany during 1944, earned 9,486 Purple Hearts, and 21 of its members were awarded Medals of Honor.

“We apologize for the disrespectful and unacceptable tweet that was sent by one of our reporters,” Post president Mac Tully and editor in chief Lee Ann Colacioppo said in a joint statement. “The tweet doesn’t represent what we believe nor what we stand for. We hope you will accept our profound apologies.”

Bryce Harper can't throw a helmet

After being hit by a pitch thrown by San Francisco Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland, the Washington Nationals' slugger Bryce Harper charged the mound, leading to a tense fight that cleared both benches.

Unfortunately, most people will just remember Harper's laughably off-target helmet toss.

After the game, Harper said he thought the toss was intentional on the part of Strickland, after the right-hander's giving up two home runs to the outfielder during the 2014 NLDS, including this bomb where Harper appeared to linger.

"You never want to get suspended or anything like that, but sometimes you've got to go and get him," Harper said. "You can't hesitate. You either go to first base, or you go after him. And I decided to go after him"

Minor leaguer fires fastball into brawl

Speaking of scrums, a bench-clearing fight broke out during a minor league match-up on Sunday between the West Michigan Whitecaps and Dayton Dragons.

What started off as the normal pushing and shoving you'd expect to see in a baseball scuffle quickly turned ugly when Whitecaps relief pitcher Eduardo Jimenez launched a fastball at a group of Dragons players.

Surprisingly, Jimenez wasn't ejected from the Single-A game for the move, but he should expect a hefty fine and a possible suspension.