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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: Feb 13, 2009
Posted on: November 7, 2011 1:17 pm
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Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2011 1:12 pm

Williams explains slur to Kiwis, makes it worse

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

And what "lesson" exactly would that be? To bow and kiss the rings of the PC establishment?  To forever hold your head in shame for all the "evils" of Western Civilization? Marxist Media. The person who wrote the article has even more idle time than I.

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2011 1:08 pm

Williams explains slur to Kiwis, makes it worse

LOSER MEDIA. Is this the best you can do? Gimmie a break already, this stuff is getting really boring, and what they don't realize is that jumping over every little thing, real or imaginary, waters down the meaning of what's "racist". Most people that practice common sense will tune this stuff out as just a shakedown. Not to mention there's a complete double standard in that whites, in particular white heterosexual males, get beat up over all this garbage whereas everyone else gets a free pass. Not to mention Tiger Woods cusses like a sailor, and they jump all over the caddie over this petty junk. GET A LIFE!

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2011 1:05 pm

Williams explains slur to Kiwis, makes it worse

Wow, New Zealand doesn't have a single racist in their country? Amazing! Williams is at it again doing his court jester routine (aka being himself)...I'm sure someone finds him funny. Most people find him annoying and pathetic.

Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 1:04 pm

Williams explains slur to Kiwis, makes it worse

big deal it isn't like tigger woods has a white arse now does he ! lmao ( our liberal media has become such a joke )

Since: Jul 28, 2010
Posted on: November 7, 2011 1:02 pm

Williams explains slur to Kiwis, makes it worse

Fantastic post!! Agree 100%

Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2011 1:01 pm

Williams explains slur to Kiwis, makes it worse

thought it was about cadillac williams lol

Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 12:58 pm

Williams explains slur to Kiwis, makes it worse

I agree with most of you that this should be a non issue. It is to be expected for anyone that is hurt, humliated, and has his job yanked from him because he does not publicly support his boss's infidelity to lash out when he has a forum. That was exhibited at Bridgestone. But Steve, it is time to let it go. Regardless of where you are, you under scrutiny by the media and even the slightest hint of controversy they will beat it to death. Just say you are sorry and be done with it. Unfortunately your personality and ego steps all over your intelligence ..... again. The sad part is that Adam Scott is catching some of the collateral damage. My advice: Just be a good caddie, hand him the club, give him the yardage, and shut your trap. Tiger will somehow find his own way to .... do it to himself.

Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: November 7, 2011 12:42 pm

Williams explains slur to Kiwis, makes it worse

He's a racist.  Not the first racial slur we've heard from Williams.

Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: November 7, 2011 12:33 pm

Williams explains slur to Kiwis, makes it worse

Steve Williams gets raked over the coals for making a somewhat off the cuff comment because it was offensive. Yet, we get to listen to Tiger use every profane word to man (including the GD word) on the golf course. If the networks weren't so far up his black *** (sorry Mr. Williams I had to use that) and cover his every move while he is still in 100th place in a tournament, we probably wouldn't hear the classy words coming out of Woods' mouth. Adam Scott won't do anything because he is a genuine guy. Writers need to realize that it is more relaxed in certain countires outside of the U.S. Why do you think the Europeans and Aussies take it serious when playing the Ryder Cup and President's Cup. They want to beat our spoiled,pampered,whiny, self centered butts.

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