Arkansas academic and sports leaders on golf etiquette

(September 5, 2003) — (Little Rock-AP) -- Little Rock police say they will likely let prosecutors decide whether to file charges in a golf course altercation between a University of Arkansas trustee and former N-B-A star Darrell Walker. A police report says the pair had a dispute Sunday at a Little Rock golf course. A lawyer for Doctor Carl Johnson says Walker was the aggressor, but Walker's lawyer says the opposite is true. Johnson told police he suffered a cut and a fractured bone in an elbow after Walker allegedly swung a pair of golf clubs at him. The police report says the dispute began when Walker's group would NOT let Johnson's group -- which was following -- play through. But a member of Walker's golf group says Johnson and company were invited to play through. Police are investigating, but no arrests have been made. But William Cochran, who was playing with Walker, says Johnson's group was invited to play through and the confrontation was NOT necessary. The 44-year-old Johnson practices internal medicine at the Fair Park Medical Clinic in Little Rock. He was appointed to the U-A board last year after helping develop a plan to distribute money Arkansas received from tobacco companies to bypass lawsuits against the industry. He received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas Medical School in 1986. The 42-year-old Walker was an All-Southwest Conference guard at Arkansas and played ten years in the N-B-A and won an N-B-A championship with the Chicago Bulls in 1993. He has coached at Toronto and Washington, working for Michael Jordan in the latter stop. He was inducted into the Arkansas sports hall of fame in February.