Tiger Woods Needs to Fight Sergio Garcia's Ignorance

Categories: Luke's Gospel

Alex Izaguirre
Uncle Luke, the man who made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. Today, Luke gives so,e advice to the world's most popular golfer.

It's high time Tiger Woods stops putting up with the blatant racism thrown at him. He needs to stand up to fools like his golfing rival, Sergio Garcia, who revealed his racist side during the European Tour Player of the Year Awards on May 21.

The Golf Channel's Steve Sands asked Garcia, a white Spaniard, if he would be inviting Woods for dinner at next month's U.S. Open. Garcia replied, "We'll be having him round every night... and serving him fried chicken." He's not the first imbecile from golf's lily-white establishment to deride Woods because of his race.

In 2007, after Woods won his first Masters title, golfer Fuzzy Zoeller made a similar joke about the food Tiger eats. Zoeller said: "You pat him on the back and say congratulations and enjoy it and tell him not to serve fried chicken next year...or collard greens or whatever the hell they serve."

A year later the Golf Channel was forced to suspend anchor Kelly Tilghman for two weeks after she quipped that young players who wanted to challenge Tiger Woods should "lynch him in a back alley."

Every time a white commentator has said something like this, Tiger has either ignored the controversies or offered a tepid response. In Garcia's case, Tiger tweeted that the comments were "wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate...I'm confident that there is real regret that the remark was made." (Garcia later half apologized, saying, "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.")

That's not enough. Tiger should remember what it was like when he was a 14-year-old up-and-coming phenom speaking about racism in his chosen sport during a TV interview. "Every time I go to a major country club, you can always feel it, you can always sense it," Woods said then. "People are always staring at you. 'What are you doing here? You shouldn't be here.'"

Racists like Garcia will continue to take potshots at Woods because they know he doesn't like to claim his African American heritage. But he needs to show Garcia and everyone else in the sport of golf that he's not gonna take their crap anymore.
Tiger needs to show he is black and proud.

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Exiliado topcommenter

Tiger Woods IS showing that he is black AND proud. Tiger Woods did not go around whining like a schoolgirl when stupid bigots looked down on him. He trained harder. He proved his talent. He succeeded, rising to the elite of his sport. That' what real winners do.

Tiger Woods does not need to validate every idiotic comment made by every idiot in town. That's for people with little self esteem. That's for those who try to justify their failures. 

drakemallard topcommenter

All these years I thought I liked chicken cause it's delicious, turns out I'm genetically predisposed to liking chicken"


I'm no Tiger Woods fan but he certainly doesn't deserve such treatment by an ignorant European racist like Sergio Garcia.  Hopefully, Garcia will have to deal with some sort of demonstration every time he plays on an American golf course.  Let's find out what products he endorses, so we can start a boycott.


get your facts straight... Tiger won his first Masters in 1997 NOT 2007. 

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