Steve Williams maintains he is not a racist and says that his comments made at the annual caddie awards dinner at the WGC-HSBC Champions have been blown out of proportion.
“Everyone laughed their heads off. What you read about it is just absolutely ridiculous,” Williams said Sunday in an interview with New Zealand’s Newstalk ZB radio.
“My comments were by no means the worst comments that were passed. There was a lot of profanity and a lot of other kind of remarks, but just because I made comments about my former employer, it gets blown way out of proportion.”
The setting for the dinner – a “locker room environment,” according to Williams – left the Kiwi unaware of the firestorm his comments would cause.
“I wasn’t the first person up on stage and having listened to some of the profanity that was used, and coming from some of the players there were in attendance as well, and then listening to the HSBC spokesperson, who got up and made a speech, and to listen to some of his comments – which were very funny, but way worse than mine. No one mentioned anything about what he had to say,” he said. “I didn’t give it a second thought to be honest with you.”
The former caddie for the 14-time major champion feels any comments made by him about Woods will be drummed up into a news story.
“Anything that’s linked to [Woods] – and, of course, I worked for him for a substantial amount of time – any controversy they can make up, that’s what they love to do. They’re making a mountain hill out of a mole hole,” he said.
Williams does not believe he should be perceived as a racist, especially given his cultural background.
“You make one comment like that – in a room, having a bit of fun – and how does that make you a racist? We live in a country that’s a multi-racial society. We owe a lot of our history and tradition and culture to a lot of the Polynesian communities. I don’t know how you can say anyone from New Zealand is racist,” he said.
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