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ZOELLER JOKES WITH BLACK GOLFER ABOUT EATING FRIED CHICKEN
Published April 29, 1997
One week after he withdrew from a tournament after making racially insensitive remarks about Tiger Woods, Fuzzy Zoeller "kidded" with a black golfer Monday about eating fried chicken and watermelon, according to Thomas Bonk in the L.A. TIMES. While at a pro-am in South Carolina, the black golfer, Victor McBryde, called to Zoeller, "Hey Fuzzy," and Zoeller responded, "Go get you some fried chicken." McBryde answered "by telling Zoeller not to forget the cornbread." Zoeller replied: "How about some watermelon?" (L.A. TIMES, 4/29). CNN/SI's Nick Charles spoke with Zoeller via phone and Zoeller read a statement: "I've had a lot of time to think over the past several days. Race has been a serious issue in this country for years, but it still seems to me that we have to stop being so sensitive about things. ... If we don't all learn to laugh at each other, and ourselves, were not ever going to get along." Zoeller, asked by Charles what he thought was funny about the remarks: "Everybody's laughing, we're having a good time. No harm intended, no pun intended" (CNN/SI, 4/28).