On Wednesday an open letter was made public from family members of 9/11 victims who thanked PGA Tour players for not joining the LIV Golf Invitational Series funded by the State Investment Fund, which is acting on behalf of Saudi Arabia.
“Thank you for standing up for integrity. Thank you for standing up for families on 9/11. Thank you for resisting the efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to clean up its reputation by bribing professional athletes,” the letter reads from almost 2,500 people who have lost family members.
Four-time world champion Brooks Koepka last to join breakaway league led by Greg Norman, which includes 54-hole events, no cuts and millions of dollars in guaranteed money. The second event of the series is scheduled for June 30 – July 2 at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Portland, Oregon.
Two weeks ago, Commissioner Jay Monahan indefinitely suspended PGA Tour players from the first LIV Golf outside of London, including the likes of Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Louis Ousthuizen and Charl Schwarzel . .
More from the letter: “Some of your fellow PGA Tour competitors have traded their dreams of earned success for easy money—blood money, really—whether they need the money or not. They include some of the richest in the field, who justify their role in Saudi Arabia’s sports laundering efforts by simply and startlingly looking the other way. They do it casually when they ask tough questions or face the uncomfortable truth that they are helping one of the worst regimes in the world cover up their crimes.”
The families in the letter hold Saudi Arabia responsible for its role in the September 11 attacks, which killed about 3,000 people and injured many more. The letter cites FBI reports, goes on to describe Saudi Arabia’s role in the 9/11 attacks, and ends with an expression of gratitude.
“Those of you who have chosen what is right and not blood money from a corrupt, destructive sports organization and its Saudi backers, please continue to stand firm. You inspire hope and conviction that our long road to responsibility and justice is close at hand. We deeply appreciate your honesty and willingness to stand up for principles.”
You can read the letter in full here.
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