Woods: Garcia comment hurtful, time to move on

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In a press conference on Wednesday, Sergio Garica had this to say about offensive comments he made on Tuesday night: "I want to send an unreserved apology. I did not want to offend anyone. My answer was totally stupid and out of place."
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Associated Press

Series: PGA Tour

Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | 11:52 a.m.

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) -- Sergio Garcia apologized to Tiger Woods on Wednesday for saying he would have "fried chicken" at dinner with his rival, a comment that Woods described as hurtful and inappropriate.

"I want to send an unreserved apology. I did not want to offend anyone," Garcia said Wednesday. "My answer was totally stupid and out of place."

Garcia was at a European Tour awards dinner Tuesday night when he was jokingly asked if he would have Woods over for dinner during the U.S. Open. The two players had been verbally sparring since The Players Championship nearly two weeks ago.

"We'll have him round every night," Garcia replied. "We will serve fried chicken."

The remark took the golfers' differences into ugly territory, reminiscent of when Fuzzy Zoeller made a similar comment about Woods after he won the 1997 Masters, becoming the first player of black heritage to win a major.

"The comment that was made wasn't silly. It was wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate," Woods said in a series of tweets. "I'm confident that there is real regret the remark was made. The Players ended nearly two weeks ago and it's long past time to move and talk about golf."

For once, both players agreed.

Garcia held an impromptu news conference at the BMW PGA Championship to elaborate on a statement he sent out Tuesday night through the European Tour.

"I want to also apologize to my Ryder Cup teammates who were there last night for taking the shine away from a wonderful event, and finally and foremost, I want to apologize to Tiger to anyone I could have offended. I felt very sick about it and feel really bad, and just hope to settle things down and move on."

Garcia said he called Mark Steinberg, Woods' agent at Excel Sports, because he doesn't have a phone number for the world's No. 1 player.

The Spaniard said his comment about fried chicken was not intended as a racist remark.

"It was a funny question and I wanted it to be a funny answer in reply," he said. "I started to get a sick feeling straight after the dinner and I felt so bad I thought my heart was going to come out of my body. I felt bad about (it) all day."

 


Comments

bconmac

The condemnation of Sergio from the above comments are interesting. Tell me how fried chicken is racist? It would be obvious to me; Tiger would order white meat. If our society has gotten to the point where one is considered racist by mentioning a food to a particular race: then our society has failed.
Were all of you condoning Tiger with his adulterous affairs when he was married. Probably not: When Tiger made up his on drop rules at the Masters; probably not.
If Sergio is punished for making a remark; then; tiger should be punished for what he has done on and off the course.
Seems Tiger is above the rules on and off the course.

mcneashir

Sergio makes a stupid comment about another PGA player and PGA officials at the dinner told him everything was okay?? How is it that two or three officials can make this decision immediately?? Were all of them intoxicated? At least they could have told Sergio that they would think about what he said and notify him later on of what decision they are going to make. Even Sergio's sponsors are REVIEWING his comments. Evidently Sergio felt the people that were present wouldn't object to his stupid remarks. There was a time when Americans defended each other, but not the PGA. When was it decided that it was okay for members of the PGA to make slurs in public against each other??? People pay to see Tiger, not Sergio, who has been green with envy and pathetic for years. Tiger deserves more respect from your organization. He is the one who draws the crowds $$$$$$

jazieg

You know, I was so thinking that the younger generation like Mr. Garcia would not bring all that stereotyping racist remarks into this century. Mr. Woods has a white girl friend and has interracial children. This has got to stop. Mr. Garcia would not have been so mean with his words if it was someone like Mr. Mickelson who beat him the other week. This is crazy. Remember we all, if we are lucky, will leave a legacy behind on what type of character we had while on this earth, those of you who want to hang on to the racism, you really don't know what race the Almighty is, or if He describes to race. So don't be mad if there is no distinction in heaven. A heart is a heart is a HEART!

tsalexander2000

I am a African American sports fans that enjoys golf very much. It was very offended when I read about the Sergio Garcia "fried chicken" comment. It was clearly a racist, bigoted comment and it shows exactly how Sergio feels about African American people as a whole. If it were any other sport there would be consequences by the governing body of the sport for sure. There is no room in this world for racism and bigotry. There should be consequences for HATE and I hope his financial sponsors take notice and drop him.

ritalynn63

I am a 67 yo grandmother and I started playing golf when I was 11. I have always been proud of this sport for its gentlemanly behavior. I am now embarrassed by the attitude and comments of Sergio Garcia as I was when Fuzzy Zoeller made a similar remark. It seems that Sergio is just looking for a problem. Did he not watch the side by side shots at TPC? The crowd made a noise after his follow-through and I don't believe Tiger was in a position to see him. He was depending on the course officials to let him know when to shoot. Sergio should start looking to himself for his poor shots. Who did he blame when he put 2 in the water? Professionals shake those shots off and pull themselves together. It's time the PGA make some moves to bring the sport back to its roots.