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Williams explains slur to Kiwis, makes it worse

Posted on: November 7, 2011 11:12 am
Edited on: November 7, 2011 11:47 am

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Steve Williams was in his comfort zone.

Speaking before members of his fraternity, clearly comfortable that he was among friends, self-assured that he had nothing but allies lending a sympathetic ear.

Sound familiar?

No, we’re not talking about the now-infamous caddie awards banquet on Friday night in China, where Williams offered a racial slur about former boss Tiger Woods that has since become the biggest topic in global golf.

Nope, we’re referencing a radio interview that Williams did with New Zealand talk-shot host Murray Deaker shortly before Sunday’s final round of the World Golf Championships mega-money HSBC Champions event in Shanghai.

Deaker freely professed to being Williams’ “mate” during the broadcast on influential Newstalk ZB in Auckland, and went out of his way to give his countryman every chance to explain away his comments at the raucous caddie dinner, where Williams received an award and used the term “black arse----” in reference to part of Woods’ anatomy.

Despite offering an apology on his website the day after his Woods quote came to light in several international publications, Williams seemed anything but contrite in the radio interview. At ease and clearly comfortable while speaking to a familiar audience in New Zealand’s most populated city, Williams was downright dismissive of the reaction his comments have caused.

Deaker began the interview by offering an olive branch, if not a get-out-of-jail-free card, to Williams by excusing the comments since they were uttered at a caddie function where hilarity was the order of the day.

Said Deaker: “I wonder if we understand the environment where the Steve Williams comments were passed. It was a caddies’ function …. I think a caddies' function would be somewhat different, than suddenly what you have to say there appearing, stark, in newspapers around the world, and front pages at that.”

Williams, speaking from Shanghai, attempted to set the context of the scene in a posh Shanghai hotel, where his verbal bomb went off.

“It’s an annual thing they have at the HSBC championship here in Shanghai, an annual caddie awards ceremony,” Williams said by phone. “It’s strictly for caddies only. Of course, some of the media invite themselves along. It’s kind of like a locker-room environment, everyone was having a good time. My comments were by no means the worst comments that were passed – there was a lot of profanity and other kinds of remarks.

“Just because I make a remark regarding my former employee (sic), it gets blown way out of proportion. You know, it’s absolutely ridiculous.”

Deaker cited a report in a prominent U.K. paper, the Daily Mail, which stated that several jaws dropped in the banquet room when Williams offered the slur. Williams said quite the opposite was true.

“No,” Williams said. “It’s incredible when you are actually there and at something, and you can even perceive that when you watch a game of rugby and are there and watch it and you read in the paper the difference of opinion between you watching and a reporter viewing it.

“It’s the same thing. It was a fun sort of thing and everyone laughed their heads off. So what you read is absolutely ridiculous.”

Everyone laughed their heads off? Interestingly, a couple of caddies wasted no time in communicating their thoughts about Williams to scribes staying in Shanghai, though few spoke for attribution.

Deaker, clearly intent on helping Williams clean up his mess, suggested that stories quoting anonymous caddies had been completely fabricated by the print media. One caddie who was not identified was quoted in a story as saying of Williams, “We knew he was an idiot, but we didn’t know he was a racist idiot.”

“Murray, you make one comment like that in a room having a bit of fun, how does that make you a racist?” Williams said. “We live in a country that is multi-cultural society and we owe a hell of a lot of our ancestry and tradition and culture in New Zealand to a lot of the Polynesian communities and that. I don’t think you can say anyone in New Zealand is a racist.

“We live in the Maori culture, which is a great culture, along with a lot of island people. New Zealanders in no way, I don’t think any New Zealander, is racist. That’s so far off beat it’s a joke.”

Speaking of jokes, that’s what Williams says his crack about Woods was intended to be. He said defensively that other humor of the night and said he had no idea that he had stepped on his tongue publicly yet again.

“I wasn’t the first person up on stage and having listened to some of the profanity that was used and coming from some of the players that were in attendance as well, and then listening to the HSCB spokesperson who got up and made a speech, and listened to some of his comments that were very funny but way worse than mine -- no one mentioned anything about what he had to say.

“I didn’t give it one thought, to be honest with you.”

Well, certainly not beforehand, anyway. Sort of makes his apology ring hollow, no?

Given the banquet’s rowdy nature, Deaker asked why this had happened to Williams.

“I think, obviously, having worked for my former employee (sic), anything that’s linked to him – and of course I worked for him for a substantial amount of time – any sort of controversy that somebody can make up, I think that’s the sort they love to do.

“Like I said, it is absolutely making a mountain hill out of a mole hole. I am not worried about it one bit.”

Sounds like he’s really learned a lesson, huh?

The PGA and European tours on Sunday jointly declined to sanction Williams over his comments, though it's within their purview to do so. Williams' new boss, Adam Scott, reiterated Sunday that he will not bench Williams and the pair are set to team up at three big events in Scott's native Australia over the next month, including the Australian Open and Presidents Cup matches over the next two weeks.

Category: Golf

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 3:06 am

Yo, "Vito..."

It is just as ignorant for a black man to hate white people as it is for a white man to hate black people.  You have every right to complain about current racism, but no right to hold anyone in this era responsible for something that happened 150 years ago.  When you make fallacious arguments like yours, it trivializes the true instances of racism that are still abundant in today's world.
Racism is criminal, and so is ignorance: no matter what color the person spewing either may be.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 3:02 am

Williams explains slur to Kiwis, makes it worse

Dear Stevie:

Show up, keep up, and shut up.  That is your job.  Also, it may behoove you to notice that Tiger Woods was your employer: not your employee,  You might also notice that while you do a marvelous job of carrying a bag, it is your employers who are actually swinging the clubs and knocking the little white ball onto fairways and greens, and into the hole.  You may also notice that it is really bad form to take credit for their accomplishments when all you did was carry the bag and intimidate a few spectators along the way.  
Now, you have even leveraged your position as a bag-toter for someone whose racial heritage you apparently hold in contempt to make yourself a bigger celebrity than the golfer whose bags you currently carry.  You will probably never understand this, but a little class goes a long way.  

Since: Sep 16, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 1:11 am

Williams explains slur to Kiwis, makes it worse

VitoBh... Shut up with your over the top comment. wow..

Since: Nov 7, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 11:39 pm

Williams explains slur to Kiwis, makes it worse

Oh my gosh, this killing is killing me! This is a non-story anywhere else in the world. It is only because of our pre-conceived notions of racism this is even news-worthy at all! In Europe, when the psp white came out, Sony advertised it in Europe with a white dude in white clothes choking a black dude in black clothes and it is merely a description, when Williams says this it is a merely a description, it is only Americas pre-conceived notions of racism that makes this a story at all

Since: Aug 20, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 11:31 pm

Williams explains slur to Kiwis, makes it worse

vitobh makes me sound like the typical black guy who thinks that every white person is out to get hi, people get evevrthing handed to them on a silbver plater by our government

Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: November 7, 2011 11:01 pm

Williams explains slur to Kiwis, makes it worse

JJwins, it is true that blacks have been in this country for generations, but how long have blacks been equal to whites???? Let's try NEVER!!!  If you live in the USA, just know that even if your ancestors did not own slaves (which I doubt), but slavery allowed whites to become educated, while blacks were KILLED if they could read!!!  Let me explain this in terminology that rednecks can understand------if two drivers start a race, and one of them has a 300mile headstart, they both drive 100mph, when does the driver that started 300 miles behind catch up????? NEVER!!!!  Look at your post --you do not think of blacks as your equal ("we, they've, our society"). Civil Rights in this country did not occur generaations ago, but just decades ago!!!  When the all great, all knowing founding fathers wrote The Constitution, blacks were just 3/5th of a person.  Whites label ALL RACES, but never label themselves.  Asian American, African American, Mexican American, etc, etc ,etc.  I just love ignorant, redneck, racist, NAZI whites!!!!!! 

Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: November 7, 2011 9:55 pm

Williams explains slur to Kiwis, makes it worse

Maybe segregation, slavery, lynching, Jim Crow, and rape has something to do with why some black people hate white people.  White people always want to quote their statistics when it comes to black people, but seem to forget this country's VAST HISTORY of RACISM!!!   There are many black people in prison that are not guilty, or do not have money to defend themselves in court. They are in prison because of people with the mentality of brian8ball. Brian8ball, how many years have blacks been able to vote vs whites??  How many years was it the law that blacks could not learn to read???   Brian8ball YOU ARE A RACIST!!!!!!  Own it, be who you are, but do not try to quote "facts" that are for the purpose of justifying racist thought.  If Tiger Woods had come out and said "I fired his white @$$", the entire media would be on fire right now.  Blacks in this country learned violence from their white slave masters who beat them when they were not happy with them.  Look up Pavloff brian8ball and learn about modeling and conditioning.  I am so sick of people hiding their true feelings with codespeak.  So brian8ball, it is easy to see that you do not care much for the black race based on your comments, and you seem to believe that racist against blacks does not exist to this country. That in itself is racist!!

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2011 9:51 pm

Williams explains slur to Kiwis, makes it worse

If it was a black guy making fun of a white guy this wouldn't even be talked about.  There's such a double standard.  For some reason our society still feels like we owe the black americans everything.  They've been here for generations.  I don't own a slave.  My parents didn't own a slave.  My granparents and great great grandparents didn't own slaves so wtf do we owe them.

Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2011 9:38 pm

Williams explains slur to Kiwis, makes it worse

Can we let this die? Woods doesn't think William's racist (per BBC website). So, if he's moving on, can we?

Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: November 7, 2011 8:51 pm


*iger Woods is a joke and has been since the PGA began testing for steroids.  Look it up if you doubt that statement. 

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