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And Another Thing

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In this 1999 photo, Tiger Woods grabs the shoulders of Sergio Garcia after Garcia's drive on the second hole during the second round of the Masters golf turnament at the Augusta National Golf Club.

Sergio Garcia: Yap time

Wow. Sooner or later everybody's gotta go there, right?

And so here was Sergio Garcia, escalating his war of words with Tiger Woods by -- 3, 2, 1 -- going to the race thing. Saying he'd be glad to have Woods over for dinner during the U.S. Open. Saying they'd serve "fried chicken."

Really? Fried chicken? In 2013?

Fuzzy Zoeller went to that same poisonous well 15 years ago, so it's not like there was no precedent to inform Garcia. But sooner or later, everybody's gotta go there. Even now. Even in 2013.

Why is that?

And while you're contemplating that ... why was Garcia's immediate reaction to deny he meant anything racist, which was completely laughable?

Of course he meant it to be racist. If he didn't, he wouldn't have used a loaded word like "fried chicken" in relation to a black man. I'm surprised he didn't throw "watermelon" in there, too.

In any case, denial seems to be the fallback position for anyone who gets caught out these days, racially speaking. Garcia, after all, isn't alone. Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and his acolytes are still trying to convince us all that "Redskins" is really not a racist term.

Please, gentlemen. Stop. Just stop.

Anyway, Garcia wound up apologizing for the apology, which of course he could have avoided by not going There to begin with. But, he did. And the real travesty about that is the PGA has been strangely mute about the whole thing, declining to so much as slap Garcia on the wrist.

We'll have fried chicken?

Even now. Even in 2013. Sigh.

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