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Fuzzy Zoeller Tiger Woods Controversy

Back in the day, 1997 to be precise, Fuzzy Zoeller recounted a colored joke about Tiger Woods which went like this about Tiger Woods ordering dinner requesting “fried chicken . . . or collard greens or whatever the hell they serve” at the champions dinner.

Zoeller, as you all golfing enthusiasts know is the Indiana native who has a all too quintessential tobacco infused baritone. Zoeller was a paragon of a model for how players should treat members on the greens who were out watching the golfing greats play.

So in your opinion, do you think Zoeller did grave injustice to Tiger Woods by making that joke? I think personally, we all make such comments to our friends and family. But doing it in private and doing it in public, that too when you are such a popular public person and will potentially have a huge fan base that looks up to you, is not good.

Tiger is an extremely refined balanced and respectful person and he should be treated the same, whether on the golf course or off.

    9 Responses to “Fuzzy Zoeller Tiger Woods Controversy”

    1. wiz says:

      typical response but you are probably the only person other than his kids maybe to think fuzzy is a legend.

    2. Ray says:

      Context,,,,,,,,,Context ,context…………. ” Fuzzy Zoeller Tiger Woods Controversy ”

      Speaking about Zoeller’s comment and not putting it into the context in which the comment was made is futile.

      Wood’s had won a tournament, the PGA Championship or the Master’s or whatever. The winner gets to select the what meal will be served at the dinner. When Zoeller was asked for a comment on Wood’s winning……….he made the comment about, ” I suppose we’ll be getting Fried Chicken and Collard greens ”

      It was nothing more than a silly comment from a guy who is known for his joking around. Was not the right thing to say, however, Woods could have difused the situation instead of making it worse. Zoeller obviously is not racist and did not mean any harm, with his stupid comment.

      But, because of the way Woods re-acted to it…….Zoeller has never been the same guy again….Pity


      • john sullivan says:

        Good post, ray, but even that isn’t enough to tell the whole story. The fact is, and known back in 1997, that Fuzzy probably was the least racist of anyone on the tour, and his favorite practice partner was one of the few blacks on the tour.

        A silly (but typically Fuzzy) joke was treated like a mortal sin of racism, and Tiger Woods and his father made it only worse and worse. Tiger got a pass then, just as he did only a few months earlier when Vanity Fair ran an extremely revealing interview with Tiger Woods in which he spoke openly and hatefully about homosexuals and others.

        Sure he was just in his 20s,and surely he didn’t even realize how his hateful words sounded, but the major media writers gave him a complete pass.

        Tiger Woods is unquestionably one of the worlds greatest golfers, but his actions back in 1997 and 1998, abd throughout this decade, demonstrate clearly that he is a loser in the real world as far as winners and losers are measured by their decency and fidelity.

        • KLL says:

          Thank you, John Sullivan, for your comment. You said it better than I’ve heard yet, about Woods’ issues. Life’s winners and losers are definitely measured by decency and fidelity. If Woods didn’t really want to be married, why not just stay single and a scummy playboy? He’s not only cheated on his wife, but, think about “STD’s” people. He has a wife he could have infected with STD’s and God forbid, HIV/AIDS. He also has an infant and toddler (BEAUTIFUL children) that he could have infected in the womb and during/after birth. Let’s hope that NEVEr happens. Let’s hope those little children are going to be okay. And, his wife. I don’t give a darn about his ability to golf. I give a darn about him. Being a great athlete is not the recipe for a great person.

    3. noreen says:

      How can u take a guy named fuzzy seriously. Of course he was joking, I have always liked tiger but tiger should not have reacted like he did and just let it go. But he was young then. It’s funny that he wants everyone to let this go. He basically did the same thing to his wife that he thought fuzzy had done to him. If they ( fried) fuzzy for a comment what should happen to Tiger?

    4. Tiger's Wood says:

      “Tiger is an extremely refined balanced and respectful person…”

      I guess that’s not the case. :)

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