911familiesunited.org, a group comprised of victims’ families and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, called out pro-Golfers for joining the Saudi Arabian LIV Golf Invitational.
The group is furious that golfers like Phil Mickelson are legitimizing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia despite their “depravity” and their involvement in the 9/11 attacks.
Terry Strada, the chairperson of the organization, wrote in a letter that “I am grateful to have the freedom of choice where I work and who I work for, and I respect your right as well. As a 9/11 widow, I feel compelled to help you understand the level of depravity the Kingdom engaged in when it knowingly sent government agents here to establish the support network needed for those hijackers.”
Over the years, further information has been released that makes it clear that without Saudi Arabia, the 9/11 attacks could not have happened.
The letter continued, “When you partner with the Saudis, you become complicit with their whitewash, and help give them the reputational cover they so desperately crave—and are willing to pay handsomely to manufacture. The Saudis do not care about the deep-rooted sportsmanship of golf or its origins as a gentleman’s game built upon core values of mutual respect and personal integrity. They care about using professional golf to whitewash their reputation, and they are paying you to help them do it.”
Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, and Bryson DeChambeau are some of the biggest names that are participating in the Invitational. Their participation certainly helps Saudi Arabia whitewash their past but so far, it seems unlikely that any of them will change their minds.
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