(LONDON) — Pro golfer Sergio Garcia is getting skewered over what some are calling blatant racist remarks aimed at Tiger Woods.
When jokingly asked Tuesday night if he would invite woods over for dinner at an upcoming tournament, Garcia said “we will have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken.”
Woods swiftly responded on Twitter, tweeting “The comment that was made wasn’t silly. It was wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate. I’m confident that there is real regret that the remark was made.”
“My answer was totally out of place,” Garcia apologized at a press conference Wednesday. Garcia said he called Woods’ agent to speak directly with him, but has not gotten through as of yet. The golfer added he does intend to apologize directly at some point.
There’s no love lost between the two golf titans. They have been battling on and off the green since the late 90s. Most recently the two squared off at the Players Championship when Garcia accused Woods of distracting him on while he was taking a shot.
“Of course he’s complaining about something,” Woods responded.
This isn’t the first time Woods has been the victim of a remark considered racist. At the ’97 Masters another pro golfer, Fuzzy Zoeller, was asked about Wood’s record run and responded with, “say congratulations, enjoy it and tell him not to serve fried chicken next year or collard greens or whatever the hell they serve.”
Woods forgave Zoeller after he apologized.
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