Sergio Garcia Makes ‘Fried Chicken’ Joke About Tiger Woods
By Chris Greenberg
The feud between Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods finally had its first apology. Unfortunately, the war of words between the rival golfers had to get particularly ugly before it was made.
While attending the European Tour’s Players’ Awards dinner in London, Garcia turned to a racial stereotype about African-Americans while apparently attempting to make a joke about his contentious relationship with Woods. As first reported by The Guardian, Garcia made the offensive remark when jokingly asked by the event’s emcee, Steve Sands of The Golf Channel, if he would be inviting Woods over for dinner during the upcoming U.S. Open.
“We will have him round every night,” García responded, according to The Guardian. “We will serve fried chicken.”
According to the Daily Mail, some guests were stunned by the racist quip.
A short while later, Garcia issued an apology via the European Tour that was obtained by The Associated Press:
“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.”