Steve Williams, Tiger Woods former caddie, has a new boss who is winning the tournament yet he still feels the need to insult Tiger Woods with racially insensitive comments.
Williams received a mock award at the ceremony, “Celebration of the Year”, for his “famous” TV interview after his new boss, golfer Adam Scott won the Bridgestone Invitational back in August, where he said:
“I have been caddying for more than 30 years now and that is the best win of my life. A lot has been said and it is great to back it up. I back myself as a frontrunner as a caddie and I have won again.”
‘It’s the most satisfying win I’ve ever had, there’s no two ways about it. It’s the greatest week of my life caddying and I sincerely mean that.’
At a private HSBC Champions dinner in Shanghai, Williams received a mock award for that statement and was asked to go on stage to further explain the interview statement he was “awarded” for. He went on stage and said:
“It was my aim to shove it right up that black azzhole.”
The comment was met with a mixture of laughter and shock at the ceremony, with some players turning to each other with eyes widened and jaws agape.
One caddie said:
‘Never have you been in a room and seen so many jaws drop at the same time. We knew he was an idiot but we didn’t know he was a racist idiot. I was standing next to a European Tour official who said, “Thank God he is not on our tour”.
Early the next morning at breakfast, Williams was stunned to learn that British tabloids had ran the story. He took to his website to apologize for his statements at the ceremony, saying his remarks were in good fun, and not intended to offend anyone.
“I apologize for comments I made last night at the Annual Caddy Awards dinner in Shanghai,” he wrote. “Players and caddies look forward to this evening all year, and the spirit is always joking and fun. I now realize how my comments could be construed as racist. However, I assure you that was not my intent. I sincerely apologize to Tiger and anyone else I’ve offended.”
Mark Steinberg, Woods’ agent at Excel Sports Management, was with the golfer when he heard the news.
He said: ’It’s a regrettable comment, and there’s really nothing that Tiger can do or say. He’s just going to move on.’
Williams had been a regular caddie for Woods since 1999 and helped the billionaire golfer to 13 majors before being fired in July.
After shooting a 69 to sit three shots behind leader Fredrik Jacobson, Adam Scott resisted calls to fire the man he quickly hired in August one month after Woods dismissed him.
“Steve issued a statement and apologised and did the right thing,” Scott said.
“That’s all there is to say about that from my side of things. He did the right thing and its not an issue for me.
“I disagree that he should be sacked. I think everything in that room last night was all in good spirits and bit of fun and I think it probably got taken out of that room in the wrong context.
“Look, anything with Tiger involved is a story, but I value Steve’s contribution to my game and while he is caddying I hope he can caddy for me.”
Scott also refused to believe Williams could be considered a racist, adding: “I think we all know that’s not the case.”
Williams has disputed Woods’ version of how their partnership ended, and said he was short-shrifted by Woods despite his loyalty to the former No. 1 player during the sex scandal that derailed his career.
Scott is today preparing for his third round of the HSBC Champions. He is going for his second World Golf Championship of the year.
Woods and Scott are to be in the same group next week at the Australian Open, and there’s chance they also could face off at the Presidents Cup in Melbourne the week after.
Williams seems insistent on being the center of attention which is exactly the opposite of what a good caddie is. Someone needs to tell Williams he is just a caddie. Basically a NMFF that carries a bag full of heavy sticks..
Do you think Williams statement was racist? On the outside looking in I would not normally deem his statement racist but after having a white male tell me that I was just another “stupid black chick” because he could not get his way with me I know that his statement was indeed racist. He really wanted to say “up his nigger azz” the same way the guy really wanted to call me a “stupid black B!tch”. This is simply what some whites do when they can not have their way with a black person..