Garcia made headlines on Tuesday when he responded to a question (h/t Ewan Murray of The Guardian) posed by the Golf Channel’s Steve Sands, who asked if he would have dinner with Woods at the U.S. Open.
What followed could certainly be construed as racist, with the Spaniard answering: "We will have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken."
After much uproar, Garcia issued an apology through the European Tour (via Murray), which stated:
I apologise 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.
The Players ended nearly two weeks ago and it’s long past time to move on and talk about golf.— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) May 22, 2013
I’m confident that there is real regret that the remark was made.— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) May 22, 2013
The comment that was made wasn’t silly. It was wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate...— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) May 22, 2013
He wasn’t the only one who took umbrage to the comments, as NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport couldn’t comprehend the rational behind Garcia’s apology:
Mind-numbing to read Sergio Garcia's explanation on comments about Tiger. General rule: If the target is offended, comments were offensive— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 22, 2013
Godfrey, the co-host of Upload with Shaq on Tru TV, believes Woods has to use the weak apology as motivation:
Cindy Boren of The Washington Post offers one possible, but certainly not acceptable, explanation behind why Garcia made the initial remarks.
Sergio Garcia says he was caught off-guard by the question of whether he'd be inviting Tiger Woods to dinner.— Cindy Boren (@CindyBoren) May 22, 2013
Boren also offers up a ridiculous situation with Garcia claiming to want to apologize to Woods personally, but doesn’t have his phone number. If the Spaniard truly cared about making that call, he could likely acquire it.
Sergio Garcia says he would like to apologize to Tiger Woods personally but doesn't have his phone number.— Cindy Boren (@CindyBoren) May 22, 2013
ESPN’s Darren Rovell received a statement from a Sergio endorser, TaylorMade-adidas:
Sergio Garcia’s recent comment was offensive and in no way aligns with TaylorMade-adidas Golf’s values and corporate culture. We have spoken with Sergio directly and he clearly has regret for his statement and we believe he is sincere. We discussed with Sergio that his comments are clearly out of bounds and we are continuing to review the matter.
ESPN’s Jemele Hill thinks Sergio Garcia is an idiot, but his comments have made her hungry:
What's lost in Sergio Garcia's idiocy is that fried chicken is delicious. I'm seriously craving Popeye's now.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) May 22, 2013
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