Tiger Woods-Sergio Garcia Feud Turns Racist

Tiger Woods-Sergio Garcia Feud Turns RacistThe feud between Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods was taken to another level on Tuesday night. According to The Guardian‘s Ewan Murray, Garcia was at the European Tour’s gala players’ awards dinner where he was asked a question about Woods. His answer could be construed as a racist remark:

‘Fried chicken’

Garcia was asked in jest if he would have the American round for dinner one night during the upcoming US Open. “We will have him round every night,” García said. “We will serve fried chicken.”

Later on, the Spaniard apologized, saying that his comment was a “silly remark” and not meant to come off in a “racist manner.” On Wednesday, Woods took to Twitter to respond to Garcia’s comments:

“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.

The Players ended nearly two weeks ago and it’s long past time to move on and talk about golf.”

‘Unfortunate choice of words’

Garcia then formally apologized to Tiger during a press conference on Wednesday morning. No matter what Garcia meant with his comments, this will likely serve as yet another landmark in the ongoing spat between the two golfers. Garcia’s unfortunate choice of words also brought to mind Fuzzy Zoeller’s offensive remarks after Woods won his first major back in 1997 at Augusta.

Zoeller was quoted as saying of Woods’ win, “You pat him on the back and say congratulations and enjoy it and tell him not serve fried chicken next year. Got it? Or collard greens or whatever the hell they serve.”

The winner of the Masters traditionally chooses the champions’ dinner menu for the following year’s tournament.  Zoeller later apologized.

Are you for Team Tiger or Team Garcia? And what do you think of Sergio Garcia’s remark — racist or not?

Source: Tim Keeney, Bleacher Report

Image: ESPN

Greek Triple Jumper Booted From Olympic Team For Racist Tweet

Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou was banished from the Olympic Games on Wednesday after making racist comments and expressing right-wing sentiments on Twitter. Papachristou was scheduled to fly to London next week from her training base in Athens when the Hellenic Olympic Committee – Greek’s Olympic federation – made the decision to expel her from the team.

Papachristou, 23, made a racist and tasteless comment on her Twitter account, @papaxristoutj, that highlighted the number of African immigrants in Greece: “With so many Africans in Greece … at least the West Nile mosquitos will eat homemade food!!!,” Papachristou wrote. She also reposted a comment from controversial Greek politician Ilias Kasidiaris, who has strongly criticized his government’s “soft” immigration policy.

The West Nile virus was first discovered in Uganda, but cases have recently been found during the European summer. Papachristou’s tweet was met with a flood of angry responses, but she didn’t respond until Wednesday, when it became clear she might lose her spot in the Olympics.

“I would like to express my heartfelt apologies for the unfortunate and tasteless joke I published on my personal Twitter account,” she said. “I am very sorry and ashamed for the negative responses I triggered, since I never wanted to offend anyone, or to encroach human rights.”

By then, it was too late. Greek Olympic chiefs consulted with senior members of the Greek parliament, including aides to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, before making their decision. Part of the reason for the expulsion was to punish Papachristou for her actions, but the decision was also made in hopes of avoiding a backlash from anti-racism protestors at the Games. The financial crisis gripping Greece – where strict austerity measures have affected the lives of millions – has forced the country to rely heavily on corporate sponsorship to fund its Olympic program. Officials feared that contributors may rethink their commitment if Papachristou remained on the team.

What is your reaction regarding Voula Papachristou’s “racist” tweet? Was the committee’s decision to expel her from the Olympic team just right?

Source: Yahoo News

Image: Greek Reporter