Sometimes, it's better just to say nothing at all.
In trying to defend, or at least rationalize, Sergio Garcia's "fried chicken" shot at Tiger Woods, European Tour CEO George O'Grady took to the airwaves of Sky Sports. And in the course of his defense, O'Grady offered up this gem: "Most of Sergio's friends are colored athletes in the United States.''
Ouch. Yes, go ahead and look at your calendar ... this is indeed 2013. Golf has a reputation for being stuck in the past, and nowhere is it more apparent than at moments like this.
Granted, the word "colored" has different connotations in different regions of the globe, but it's pretty much in the job description of the European Tour's CEO to know exactly how to appeal to disparate nations...and to understand exactly how radioactive that word is in America.
O'Grady immediately issued a statement of apology: "I deeply regret using an inappropriate word in a live interview for Sky Sports for which I unreservedly apologize."
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