Golfer Sergio Garcia issued an apology Wednesday after making a potential racist comment towards long-time rival Tiger Woods.
For more than a decade, Garcia and Woods have butt heads, with Garcia most recently claiming after the Players Championship two weeks ago that Woods distracted him during a swing by pulling a club out of his bag. Woods responded on Twitter by saying, “Not really surprising that he’s complaining about something.”
Still, while the feud had been going on for years, one of Garcia’s comments this week crossed a line.
At the European Tour’s player’s award gala, Sergio was asked by a reporter if he would have Woods around for dinner during the U.S. Open, to which he replied, “We will have him ‘round every night,” adding, “We well serve fried chicken.”
Despite their intensified bickering over the last two weeks, Sergio’s comments riled up many. After his comments had already started making headlines, Garcia issued the following statement though the European tour:
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.
Woods later tweeted:
The comment that was made wasn’t silly. It was wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate…— 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