By Maurice Bobb
If Atlanta rapper B.o.B. had his way, Sergio Garcia, the Spanish golfer who made racist comments about Tiger Woods at the European Tour’s gala awards dinner, would lose major endorsements for his transgressions, just like Rick Ross and Lil Wayne did for theirs.
“Let me shine some light on something for y'all,” B.o.B. tweeted on Wednesday (May 22). “2 rappers recently have lost endorsements over controversial lyrics. People stood in line and protested. Radio stations boycotted. The golfer Sergio Garcia recently made blatant racial statements towards another black golfer....Are we gonna protest him?"
People stood in line and protested....Radio stations boycotted ....— B.o.B (@bobatl) May 22, 2013
The golfer Sergio Garcia recently made blatant racial statements towards another black golfer....Are we gonna protest him?— B.o.B (@bobatl) May 22, 2013
The MC born Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr. was outraged by Garcia’s comments and his apology, which Bob compared to the situations of Rozay and Weezy, who lost lucrative deals with Reebok and Mountain Dew, respectively, for questionable lyrics on songs in which they were merely guest features.
“We will have him round every night,” Garcia told The Guardian when The Golf Channel’s Steve Sands playfully asked him if he planned to host Tiger for dinner one night at next month’s U.S. Open. “We will serve fried chicken.”
Bobby Ray was also alarmed at the lack of uproar over Garcia's flub, considering that protesters lined up in droves demanding retribution for Ross and Wayne's comments.
"If Sergio Garcia doesn't lose any endorsement over this... that says a lot about our culture and our society as a whole,” B.o.B. added.
If Sergio Garcia doesn't lose any endorsement over this... that says a lot about our culture and our society as a whole...— B.o.B (@bobatl) May 22, 2013
We're so quick to judge and bash out own kind, but when someone BLATANCY says some disrespectful racist shit... We turn the cheek!!!— B.o.B (@bobatl) May 22, 2013
WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! #SergioGarcia !!!— B.o.B (@bobatl) May 22, 2013
Sergio Garcia went for the mulligan immediately after his racial bogey, but his mea culpa was seen as more of a “hand caught in the cookie jar” scenario than a real apology.
"I apologise for any offence that may have been caused by my comment on stage during The European Tour Players' Awards dinner,” Garcia said. “I answered a question that was clearly made towards me as a joke with a silly remark, but in no way was the comment meant in a racist manner."
Garcia tried to apologize for his apology Wednesday, telling the press corps that “My answer was totally stupid and out of place. I feel sick about it,” but the golf pro still finds himself in hot water, particularly with his endorser Adidas, who issued the following statement:
"Sergio Garcia's recent comment was offensive and in no way aligns with Taylor Made-Adidas Golf's values and corporate culture. We have spoken with Sergio directly and he clearly has regret for his statement and we believe he is sincere. We discussed with Sergio that his comments are clearly out of bounds and we are continuing to review the matter."
For his part, Tiger has taken the high road after acknowledging via Twitter that “The comment that was made wasn’t silly. It was wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate.”
The comment that was made wasn’t silly. It was wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate...— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) May 22, 2013
I’m confident that there is real regret that the remark was made.— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) May 22, 2013
The Players ended nearly two weeks ago and it’s long past time to move on and talk about golf.— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) May 22, 2013
This wasn't the first time Tiger's faced racism from fellow pros on the tour. Back in 1997, when Woods won the Masters for the first time, Fuzzy Zoeller fired off a racially-charged zinger of his own.
"You pat him on the back and say congratulations and enjoy it and tell him not serve fried chicken next year. Got it? Or collard greens or whatever the hell they serve." Zoeller said.
Do you think Sergio Garcia should lose endorsements for his racist comments?