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Sergio Garcia makes racist joke about Tiger Woods

05/22/2013 at 7:21 am By

sergio-garcia-tiger-woodsThe feud between pro golfers Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods took an unexpected and ugly turn Tuesday evening when Garcia made a racist joke regarding Woods’ ethnicity at an event in London. Here are Garcia’s comments:

Garcia, who later issued an apology, took issue with Woods for what he viewed as a breach of golf course etiquette during the third round of The Players Championship two weeks ago, was asked in jest at a European Tour function if he would be inviting Woods to dinner during next month’s U.S. Open.

“We’ll have him ’round every night,” Garcia said, according to multiple media reports. “We will serve fried chicken.”

Woods responded to the joke via his Twitter account early Wednesday morning:

Earlier in May Garcia and Woods had a public dispute regarding a distraction Tiger caused during one of Garcia’s shots when they were paired together at the Players Championship two weeks ago.

Garcia issued a public apology Wednesday morning:

“I apologize for any offence that may have been caused by my comment on stage during The European Tour Players’ Awards dinner. I answered a question that was clearly made towards me as a joke with a silly remark, but in no way was the comment meant in a racist manner.”

Garcia moved quickly to express how remorseful he was for the comments but the damage may have already been done. There is no appropriate public place for racially charged jokes unless you’re a comedian, especially in professional sports. I’ll just leave it at that.

-ALR

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