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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.

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Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Since: Jul 18, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2011 7:05 pm

Williams explains slur to Kiwis, makes it worse

Well said! I'm sick of everyone worring if what they say is "politally correct". The liberals in this country need to just shut up...remember, we still have the freedom to give our opinion, whether people like it or not, until the libs try to take that away...time to make a change in the "white house" and senate next year!

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: November 7, 2011 6:08 pm

Williams explains slur to Kiwis, makes it worse

Plain and simple, the word "black" had no purpose in Williams comment, and shouldn't have been used.  Was he trying to use it to give a physical description of Tiger?  Of course not, everybody knows he's black.  The term black was used to enhance the insult, and it again proves that Tiger was right in firing his "white arse". 

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: November 7, 2011 6:03 pm

Williams explains slur to Kiwis, makes it worse

An INVERSE correlation, Maxbps. See, Tiger earned his millions, whereas the clowns on Wall Street stole the vast majority of theirs, by rigging the game from start to finish, bailing out of their losers by dumping them on the taxpayers, all after having bribed YOUR fellow Republicans to look the other way at the regulatory and private ratings agencies and accounting firms..

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: November 7, 2011 5:55 pm

Williams explains slur to Kiwis, makes it worse

Calling a black man a black man is not the problem and I think this is a lame justification of what Williams said. Why is it that the concept of context seems to have escaped most of you, or is it that you just chose to acknowledge the obvious. My question to all of you is this, "What purpose does the adjective "black" serve in William's statement? Does Williams think we need his help in being reminded that Tiger Woods is a black man?  

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: November 7, 2011 5:52 pm

Williams explains slur to Kiwis, makes it worse

What a bunch of garbage!  I hate to defend this loser but he's exactly right the only people that should be appologising are the writers who have turned something that is in no way racist into something bad.  These are the same people who watch the Colbert Report and don't get the joke about him believing that someone was black but he can't tell because he can't see colour.  If he had stated it that black's as a general reference about people who are black are something then that is a generalization of a race and by definition racist.  To say an individual white/black/asian/latino/native person is a jerk is in no way racist you have not made a comment or oppinion about a race.  Black is not a racist comment maybe if he said it in Portugese some people would hold their nose a bit but at this time that is the accepted term used by the larger public.  Hell Palin can use the term Eskimo(Raw meat eater) instead of Inuit which has been frowned on for over 20 years and there is reaction at all.

I am glad that the tours and his pro hasn't let him go in any way.  I would rather he does go away because he is a petty helper who was paid too well for what he did.  To have him leave because some idiot who doesn't even understand what a racist is (  rac·ism  (rszm)n.1. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.)
By this definiton Bryant Gumbel is a Racist that should have been dealt with but it's the white community(isn't a real thing) that can't stand up and deal with racists because of a sorrow they feel about things they had nothing to do with and jump on people like this for things that one idiot who doesn't know what he's talking about claims is racist.

The tour shouldn't allow any of these writers on the premises unless they can admit they can tell a patron walking by is anything other than white.  That's because these liar wimps would run and cry all the way home unable to admit they notice there are actual races.

Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: November 7, 2011 5:38 pm

Williams explains slur to Kiwis, makes it worse

White A$$ or Black A$$ who cares! Did everyone see Kaymer kick everyones A$$!
Phil, Tiger and all Americans better get their game going and quick. Caues the
young Europeans are kicking everyones A$$! Lets go Americans 

Since: Nov 7, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 5:26 pm

Williams explains slur to Kiwis, makes it worse

Murray Deaker, the radio mouth to whom he was talking, is well known for his use of the n-word on air, his lame excuses for doing so, and his getting away with it.  The "mates" are mutual enablers.

Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 5:25 pm

Williams explains slur to Kiwis, makes it worse

Let's see...  there's black scholarships, black entertainment stations, black awards, black this, black that. So what if the guy said black a.. , I'm pretty sure if he said white a.. there wouldnt be a fuss over it. In 1865 the 13th Amendment was passed outlawing slavery. I for one have met as many black racists as I have white. Dont ya think it may be time we get over pulling the race card EVERY chance we get? Peace

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: November 7, 2011 5:23 pm

Williams explains slur to Kiwis, makes it worse

WHICH RACIAL OFFENSE WAS SUPPOSEDLY GIVEN BY WILLIAMS? None is remotely visible in any of the remarks attributed to the caddie. News flash, neither calling a 'Cablinasian' "black" nor referring to him as an "arse****" is racist. Everybody in the entire world has had ample proof that Tiger Woods is an "arse****" with a capital 'A', an umlaut, three diacritical marks and a dozen exclamation points. Ditto his former caddie, come to that. As for referring to him as "a black" anything, unless that something is itself an offensively racist referrant ('spear chucker', for instance, or 'boy'), no harm was intended or given. Protestations otherwise are the mewlings of PC-fuzzy dullards.

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