Tiger Woods: Fried Chicken Joke by Sergio Garcia Was 'Hurtful'

Image: Tiger Woods: Fried Chicken Joke by Sergio Garcia Was 'Hurtful' Spain's Sergio Garcia at a press conference during the PRO/AM tournament at the Wentworth Club, Surrey, England, May 22, 2013.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 10:55 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia's rivalry continued this week after Garcia made what some are calling a racial joke about serving fried chicken to the world's No.1 golfer if he should ever come over for dinner.

A week after the two traded insults at The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., reporters asked Garcia Tuesday 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."

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"Fried chicken" references are considered racial stereotypes against African Americans. Golf legend Fuzzy Zoeller made a similar comment in 1997, saying they better not serve fried chicken and collard greens at the Masters champions' dinner, which Woods hosted as defending champion.

Later Tuesday, Garcia issued an apology for his comment.

"I apologize for any offense that may have been caused by my comment," Garcia said. "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."

He apologized again Wednesday.

"My answer was totally stupid and out of place," he said. "I feel sick about it."

Woods responded to Garcia's apologies on Twitter Wednesday.

The most recent back-and-forth started at the Players, where Garcia said he was distracted by his playing partner Woods, who stirred the crowd when he picked out a club as Garcia was preparing his shot. Woods later claimed the marshals had told him Garcia already hit, but the officials later denied saying anything to Woods.

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