Yes. Yes It Was.
Asked about his ongoing verbal spat with Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia said the following: “We’ll have him ’round every night. We will serve fried chicken.”
After the inevitable backlash, he said this: “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.”
You’re lying, Sergio. You absolutely meant what you said in a racialized manner. Of all the foods you could have chosen, you honestly want us to believe that you picked fried chicken out of the blue, completely unbeknownst of the racist connotations of such a connection? I know that you grew up in Spain, but you’ve spent ample time in America during your adulthood. I realize you weren’t on the tour at the time, but you were 17-years-old and pursuing a professional golf career when Fuzzy Zoeller made his unfortunate remarks about Tiger Woods and fried chicken. I don’t believe you when you tell me you didn’t mean it in a “racist manner”. And I’m insulted that you would think that I would.
I don’t know if you are a racist. I don’t know what’s in your heart. I know you and Tiger are not each other’s biggest fans. I recognize you might have been attempting to make a joke. But your joke fell flat. Way flat. And pretending it was an innocent mistake just amounts to doubling down on your apparent ignorance. It is 2013, fer cryin’ out loud.