Steve Williams, who lashed out at Tiger Woods this summer after Woods fired him as his caddie, took another shot at his former boss on Friday when asked for an explanation for his high-profile celebration after winning with Australian golfer Adam Scott.
“It was my aim to shove it up that black arse—-,” Williams said at a caddie awards dinner, according to British newspapers that reported on the event held in Shanghai in conjunction with the HSBC Champions.
According to the Daily Mail and the Telegraph, Williams was receiving a tongue-in-cheek award for “celebration of the year” after gloating about his victory with Scott at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in August.
Williams apologized on his website Friday:
“I apologize for comments I made last night at the Annual Caddy Awards dinner in Shanghai,” Williams’ statement 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 have offended.”
Woods, playing Saturday in a private event in Perth, Australia, wouldn’t discuss Williams’ comments.
Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, issued a statement Friday.
“I was with Tiger when the story broke. We were obviously not there, but if all the reports are accurate, it is regrettable. Really nothing more to say,” Steinberg said.
Hmmm, wonder if Tiger would have preferred “Cablinasian ar$se”?
SMH. Anyway this guy needs to let it go. And maybe the press does too. The event was supposed to be closed to the media and Williams was getting a lighthearted award for pretty much the equivalent of shoving it up Tiger’s you know what by saying his win with his new partner Adam Scott was “the best victory of my life.” He’s apologized for that before as well.
As for Tiger, it seems like he’s not as sensitive as Meeka Claxton when it comes to calling out his “black” anything!
What do you think about this issue? Should skin color just be banned from public comments altogether? Are we really ready to get post-racial or what?