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SHANGHAI (AP) - Tiger Woods‘ former caddie caused another sensation, this time by using a racial slur to disparage his old boss during a caddies award roast in Shanghai.
At an awards party filled with banter, Williams said of his interview, “It was my aim to shove it right up that black a––.”
That line drew the biggest reaction at a party attended by several players, caddies, officials and some media. There was a mixture of laughter and shock, with some players turning to each other with eyes widened and jaws agape.
The provision of the party is that all comments are off the record, yet several caddies couldn’t stop talking about it long after it was over.
Approached early the next morning at breakfast, Williams was stunned to learn that British tabloids had gone with the story.
“Why would they do that?” he said. “The whole thing was meant to be fun.”
Hours later, Williams posted a comment on his website.
“I apologize for comments I made last night at the Annual Caddy Awards dinner in Shanghai,” it said. “Players and caddies look forward to this evening all year, and the spirit is always joking and fun. I now realize how my comments could be construed as racist. However, I assure you that was not my intent. I sincerely apologize to Tiger and anyone else I’ve offended.”
“I was with Tiger last night when he heard the news,” Mark Steinberg, his agent at Excel Sports Management, told The Associated Press. “We got multiple calls from people who sounded like they were leaving the caddie party. Tiger obviously wasn’t there. He doesn’t know exactly what was said. But if multiple reports _ which all seem to be accurate _ are true, then it’s sad it’s come down to this.”
“It’s a regrettable comment, and there’s really nothing that Tiger can do or say. He’s just going to move on.”
Scott said he was satisfied with Williams‘ apology and that his comments were not reported in the right spirit of the evening. When asked if Williams should be fired, Scott said, “I disagree with that.”
“Everything in that room last night was all in good spirits and a bit of fun, probably taken out of that room in the wrong context,” Scott said after a 69 kept him within three shots of the lead at the HSBC Champions.
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