April 25, 1997 in Sports

‘Stunned’ Tiger Woods Accepts Zoeller Apology

Compiled From Wire Services

Tiger Woods said Thursday he was stunned by Fuzzy Zoeller’s racially insensitive remarks but believes no offense was intended and accepts Zoeller’s apology.

“At first, I was shocked to hear that Fuzzy Zoeller made these unfortunate remarks,” Woods said in a statement released by the Los Angeles office of IMG, his management agency. “His attempt at humor was out-of-bounds, and I was disappointed by it.

“But having played golf with Fuzzy, I know he is a jokester; and I have concluded that no personal animosity toward me was intended.”

Zoeller, 45, had an endorsement contract terminated by Kmart. He withdrew from the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic on Wednesday.

“I respect Fuzzy as a golfer and as a person and for the many good things he has done for others throughout his career,” Woods said. “We all make mistakes, and it is time to move on.

“I accept Fuzzy’s apology and hope everyone can now put this behind us.”

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