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How Not To Defend Sergio Garcia: Say He Has Lots Of "Colored" Friends

Sergio Garcia made a fried chicken joke about Tiger Woods. Some people were offended. Others weren't. Garcia apologized. The head of the European Tour, in an attempt to put this to bed, declared that "most of Sergio’s friends are colored athletes." Here we go again.

European Tour CEO George O'Grady made the comments in an interview with Sky Sports, saying that the fuss should be over.

"We know the connotation in the United States. We accept all races on the European Tour, we take it very strongly. Most of Sergio's friends are coloured athletes in the United States and he is absolutely abject in his apology and we accepted it."


Lest you think that's one of those terms that's only controversial in America, BBC soccer pundit Alan Hansen caused a firestorm in 2011 when he referred to black soccer players as "colored."

O'Grady has already expressed remorse, saying "I deeply regret using an inappropriate word in a live interview for Sky Sports for which I unreservedly apologize."

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