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FUHR JOINS LANCASTER CLUB, REJECTS TRANSIT VALLEY OFFER ACCEPTING MEMBERSHIP AFTER BEING SPURNED WOULD BE 'INEXCUSABLE,' SABRES GOALIE SAYS

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Grant Fuhr has turned down a membership offer from Transit Valley Country Club, which originally denied his application, and has become a member of the Fox Valley Country Club in the Town of Lancaster.

"I was brought up to . . . stick with what I think is right," Fuhr said. "It would be inexcusable for me to accept it now."

A spokeswoman for Fuhr said later: "He's not going to join Transit Valley. He's joined at Fox Valley, and he's quite happy there."

Fuhr's rejection, first reported Friday in The Buffalo News, set off a storm of criticism.

On Saturday officials at Transit Valley reversed their original decision and offered the hockey star a membership and an apology. They also denied that their original decision was based on race. Fuhr, a 5-handicap golfer, is black.

Fuhr said Sunday that his attorney was continuing to look at the Transit Valley rejection and would report his conclusions this week.

The goaltender was in Toronto this weekend to play golf and attend the deciding game Saturday night in the semifinal hockey playoffs between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Los Angeles Kings.

He told an interviewer from WKBW-TV Saturday night that he would accept the apology from Transit Valley.

"You're never too big to accept an apology," he said. He added, however, that he was not contacted directly about the denial of his membership application, the subsequent acceptance or the apology.

"Everything's always been second-hand," he noted.

Fuhr said Sunday night, however, that he found "a couple messages from their chairman" when he returned home.

"I've met a lot of nice members," he said of Transit Valley, "and I feel bad for them. They all get painted with the same brush. That's unfortunate because it's not all the members."

"That's what I'd like to emphasize," Fuhr said. "It's not all the members."

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