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ZOELLER JOKES WITH BLACK GOLFER ABOUT EATING FRIED CHICKEN

          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).

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