Sergio Garcia’s feud with Tiger Woods has taken a disturbing turn, earning Garcia a place beside Bubba Watson in the Pro Golfer Bigot Brigade. While Bubba at least has his religion as a (bad) excuse for his homophobia, all Garcia has is an ancient stereotypical joke that was never funny to begin with. Why just serve fried chicken, Sergio? How about some watermelon and some collard greens? From Golfchannel.com:
Garcia was on stage with the rest of the victorious 2012 European Ryder Cup team when he was asked by Golf Channel’s Steve Sands, who was emceeing the event, whether he would invite Woods over for dinner at the U.S. Open next month.
The Spaniard replied, according to The Guardian: “We will have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken.”
I will now pause for about 2 minutes, to give you all a chance to stop laughing and wipe the coffee off of your monitors.
All finished? K. While making racist comments about your competitors is never a good idea, Sergio’s decision to do so in a sport that has historically been so white you could mistake it for a Klan rally really calls his judgement into question. Of course, it didn’t take long for Garcia to apologize. Forgive me for not feeling an apology made possibly to save endorsement dollars is all that sincere.
Garcia soon apologized for the off-color comment, saying in a statement: “I apologize for any offense 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.”
Bullshit. Of course the comment was meant in a racist manner. You made a comment about a black man and fried chicken. That is the fucking definition of a comment meant in a racist manner.