The head of the European golf tour apologized for using the term “colored” during a live television interview Thursday in which he was reacting to the spat between Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia.

European Tour CEO George O’Grady said that “most of Sergio’s friends are colored athletes in the United States.”

The word “colored” was once widely used in the United States to refer to African-Americans but it is now considered antiquated and offensive. {snip}

“I deeply regret using an inappropriate word in a live interview for Sky Sports for which I unreservedly apologize,” O’Grady, who is British, said in a statement released later Thursday.

Woods and Garcia have exchanged barbs over the past two weeks, dating to the third round of The Players Championship when Garcia implied that Woods purposely stirred up the gallery as the Spaniard was playing a shot.

But the situation got uglier Tuesday when Garcia and his Ryder Cup teammates were at a dinner. The emcee, Golf Channel’s Steve Sands, jokingly asked Garcia if he would have Woods over for dinner during the U.S. Open.

“We’ll have him round every night,” Garcia replied. “We will serve fried chicken.”

The remark was reminiscent of Fuzzy Zoeller’s similar comment about Woods during his record-setting victory in the 1997 Masters, when Woods became the first player of black heritage to win a major.


Garcia initially released an apologetic statement and followed it up Wednesday at a news conference from the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, site of the European Tour’s flagship event.

“I feel sick about it and I feel truly, truly sorry,” he said.

Garcia said he meant to give a funny answer to a playful question, and it turned out to be “totally stupid and out of place.”

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Woods said: “The comment that was made wasn’t silly. It was wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate. I’m confident that there is real regret the remark was made. The Players ended nearly two weeks ago and it’s long past time to move on and talk about golf.”

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  • Oil Can Harry

    Just when you thought political correctness could not get any more ridiculous.

    It’s now “racist” and “hurtful” to notice that blacks tend to like fried chicken?

    • Alexandra1973

      Funny thing is, I had always believed that to be a Southern thing.
      Now I’m a lifelong Yankee and I love fried chicken.

  • “Fried chicken stereotypes”

    The first time I was called into jury duty was in 2001. All of the potential jurors were sent into a large room. After everyone who was summoned that was going to come did indeed come, the Sheriff’s Deputy supervising the room at the time, a black woman, said out loud, “If any of ya’ll been convicted of a felony, you ain’t gots to stay. Which means you can leave!” (Because I’m sure not many people can infer “you can leave” from “you don’t have to stay.”) At that moment, about 40% of the room and most of the blacks in the room got up and tried to stampede out of the two narrow doors. I thought to myself, “I’m trapped inside g-d’ed Birth of a Nation. Then I thought to myself, “Did a watermelon truck parked along Tucker make a last call?” (St. Louis City judicial circuit, ICYMI). Right after I thought that, one of the stampeding-out blacks yelled out, “Hey ya’ll, I know a good fried chicken place really close!” That only made the stampede even more dangerous.

    The next time I got called for JD, they didn’t dismiss the ex-cons right away and in one fell swoop.

    • Korpiklaani

      I walked into Jury selection with a copy of Mien Kampf….They told me to leave….

      • LOL. If I walked in with “Birth of a Nation”, one of them would probably ask if i was studying history.

      • bigone4u

        A temporary swastika tattoo on the forehead will work too.

    • How do you know which bus routes you probably shouldn’t ride in Chicago if you are white?
      There are chicken wing bones on the ground at the bus stop.

      • dr. zchicago

        is that all you found. i was at a metra stop and almost, almost i say stepped on a lovely gift. some flying toilet person had defecated near the sidewalk.
        scouts honor. freakin’ unbelieveable..

  • Mr. E

    The term “colored” being racist while “people of color” is preferred shows the ridiculousness of Liberals and their language. “Colored” is the adjective form of the prepositional phrase “people of color”. They mean the exact same thing, except and all writing instructors say to avoid prepositional phrases in favor of adjectives. How using one makes you dumb and racist while using the other makes you smart and race friendly is mind-boggling stupidity.

    • The__Bobster

      Hey, I’m still trying to figure out the NAACP thing. Was the “offense” grandfathered out?

      • Eagle_Eyed

        I’m sure it is. Of course other antiquated terms like “Indians” or “Redskins” are of course racist when used by sports teams.

  • The__Bobster

    No good can come of trying to be nice to coloreds. It’s like walking in a minefield.

    • newscomments70

      In business i won’t deal with them, nor will i deal with Indians. Both will try to steal from you, but the Indians are worse. They are more intelligent and can charm you into deception. The blacks attempts at stealing from me are comical.

  • The__Bobster

    The word “colored” was once widely used in the United States to refer to
    African-Americans but it is now considered antiquated and offensive. In some
    African countries, it is used to denote individuals of mixed racial

    Since the cheater (in several ways) is only one quarter Bantu, I think the word “colored” fits him perfectly.

    • mobilebay

      My grandmother always used the term “darkies.”

      • Alexandra1973

        I’ve heard my dad use The En Word on more than one occasion…then he cut it out as my sister and I got older and started going to school. I think he was a realist. There were times when I was a teen and he’d tell me any black not his friend was a [insert n-word here].
        Dad tended to go by content of character.
        Then again he was born in Detroit in 1940 and raised there…he watched that city go from a great place to live to a third-world hellhole.

        • mobilebay

          Alexandra – It’s always interesting to hear stories from various parts of the country. It might be surprising to know that my grandmother, parents and myself were raised in the deep south and yet none ever used the “N” word. To this day, I can’t recall ever using it. However, my family goes back to before the Revolutionary War there and some ancestors owned slaves. It was a part of the south’s history. (Hate to confess I’m older than your dad). My grandmother was born in 1871 and lived to the age to the age of 94, so there’s hope for me for a few more years!

      • saxonsun

        The British have the term “sooties.”

      • john in Germany

        I guess “rugheads” is just out of the question

  • The__Bobster

    Certain foods, fried chicken and watermelon in particular, have been used in
    dehumanizing caricatures of blacks as far back as the beginning America’s
    segregation era in the 19th century. The imagery has become less common in the
    decades since integration, though Woods — the only
    player of African-American heritage on the PGA Tour and the top player in the
    world — has occasionally endured racially tinged

    Interesting that I eat the very same foods but don’t feel “dehumanized”. Do mudflaps feel dehumanized when they patronize KFC?

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      Blacks have massively thin skins and can’t handle feeling “disrespected,” especially by whites. Even if the “disrespect” is entirely in their minds, they still get hurt feelings.

    • I was a bat-boy for a local college when I was a kid when the other college, a small in-state HBCU (most of their starters were white), put in a black pitcher.
      One of the players on the bench said something like “He’s throwing the watermelon ball!
      The coach did not like the comment. I was cracking up though. Had the coach not intervened I can only imagine, “Ump, I think he’s greasing the ball. Check his hat for chicken wings” ……

  • Sergio invitng the darkie over for fried chicken during the US Open, that’s class, not racist.
    If he was being racist, he wouldn’t even joke about inviting the colored over.

    • Korpiklaani

      Or he’d pull a Russian and pelt Tiger with fried chicken wings from the sideline.

  • So CAL Snowman

    So Tiger Woods doesn’t like fried chicken? What if Sergio had said that he would serve noodles and shrimp fried rice?

    • With a mix like this:
      Parents: Earl was of African American, Native American, and possibly Chinese ancestry. Kultida is of mixed Thai, Chinese, and Dutch ancestry.
      What wouldn’t offend? Swedish?

      • Alexandra1973

        Heinz 57.

      • dr. zchicago

        do not be fooled. his old man was black and only black. (i’m being nice)
        a lot of male blacks with a sort of unkinky hair always say they have genes other than what they are. as has been said on this site it’s the one drop rule
        only he had a couple of gallons.

  • David Ashton

    Obviously an Afro-american in the woodpile.

  • bigone4u

    In Texas the Mexicans who don’t call us “gringos” use the term “anglos.” If whites were as sensitive as minorities we would object to being called anything but causcasian. Most minorities can’s say the word much less spell it. Anyway, if blacks can object to “colored” then I can object to “white,” “gringo,” or “anglo.”

    • jane johnson

      How can “people of color” not be colored?

      • How many licks does it take to get to the center of Tootsie-Pop?

        • jane johnson

          ? ? ?

        • Alexandra1973

          The world may never know.

    • BulgAryan

      As a matter of fact, the Caucasians – “Litsa kavkazkoi natsional’nosti” – Chechens, Dagestanis, Ingushetians, Ossetinians, Kabardino-Balkarians, Karachay-Cherkessians etc. are not considered “White” in the former Soviet Union. Why Whites in North America would chose to call themselves Caucasian is beyond comprehension.

  • Since referring to Woods as “colored” is off-limits, I propose calling him “boy”.

  • oh brother!

    I had to laugh…now food is racist! LOL I am a person born in the South, to born and raised in the south parents, whose forefathers have lived in the South since before the War for Independence, AND whose forefathers have fought in the War for Independence and every war since. I was raised on fried chicken, collards, cornbread and watermelon (which had to be put in the river or ice chest so it was ice cold) and sweet potato pie…but then I am White. There was a black guy on Sports center who said he was comfortable with his relationship with chicken so it didn’t bother him, though did say it was a tired, old caricature of blacks. So how does he equate that to Whites eating and loving that food, too? Oh yea, only Whites can be racist.

    • When I was a kid, there would be two watermelons at a neighbor’s yearly 4th of July party. Watermelon and adult watermelon. The adult watermelon had a hole cut in it and about a fifth of watermelon juice drained out and replaced with booze a few days before the party. They also boozed up marachino cherries. Nobody really consumed any significant amount of alcohol off either, they just found it fun. When I was even younger, I was only allowed one of my grandmother’s Rum Ball cookies at Christmas …. even though I knew all the alcohol evaporated off in baking, I never questioned.

    • I ferment the cooled juice from boiled watermelon slices with sugar and wine yeast as a summertime hard watermelon cider. It comes out at 10% and is very good.

      For a good variation on fried chicken, try it with spicy Korean barbecue sauce.

      Feigning hypersensitivity about ethnic foods one likes is silly and immature. Food is supposed to be enjoyable.

      • jimj

        I’ve never tried that with watermelon but will look into it and give it a try. I love watermelon and have found no reason to be ashamed of it. What is it with black people and their hyper-sensitivity?

        • Alexandra1973

          Without being offended, there’s no gibsmedat.

        • For five gallons, use two pounds of sugar and half a packet of Lalvin V1-1116 yeast.

  • LastBastionOfHope

    We need to condemn black people for being vitriolic racists when they call us “white”. Please call us European Americans. Let them get a dose.

    • If I were not 3/16 Amerind, I would want to be called “Aryan-American”.

      As it stands, though, I once filled out the “race” blank on 4473 forms for firearms purchases as “Celtic”.

      • Alexandra1973

        I’ve got a lot of German myself. I’m at most 1/32 Amerind.
        On my father’s side, three of my great-grandparents came from Poland, and the fourth from Belarus.
        On my mother’s side I have English, Scottish, French, and German. If my records are right, I’ve actually had ancestors that were living in Iceland 1200 years ago. So maybe a hint of Scandinavian.
        My husband as far as I know has English, German, Welsh, and Irish. So our son has an interesting mix.
        I just call myself white and be done with it!

        • In Iceland that long ago, it was likely more Celts as well. The Irish got there first.

          I call myself “white” most of the time as well, but having to shave only twice a week (at age 47) serves as a reminder to include the usual packaging disclaimer: “This product may contain the following…”

  • Alexandra1973

    In Tiger’s case, I would think “mutt” or “mongrel” would be more accurate.

  • here we go agaain

    What does the NAACP stand for again????

  • 207

    I have often wondered why blacks are so offended when compared to or called a monkey. No one likes to be called names but if someone called me a monkey I would take it to mean that I was acting foolish or something. If someone called me a gorilla I would take it as a compliment. So if whites and blacks are exactly alike except for the color of their skins why are blacks so offended when someone refers to them as a monkey or gorilla ?

    • Cornelious, one of the black guys I knew in jail had a very prognathous face, and deliberately did an excellent ape imitation. It was hilarious.

  • Paleoconn

    The pussies apologized. Pathetic.


    TW say “It was wrong, HURTFUL, and clearly inappropriate” , Like White Prostitutes two at a time?