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Golf rebels accused of ‘betraying’ victims of the 9/11 terror attack by joining Saudi breakaway

American defectors to Saudi-backed breakaway golf tour are ‘BETRAYING’ the victims of the 9/11 terror assaults, a distinguished assist group declare… with Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson amongst these to obtain scathing letter

  • The 9/11 Families United group have hit out at US gamers for joining the LIV tour
  • They mentioned they’ve turn into ‘complicit’ in sportswashing in letter to gamers
  • Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau have all signed as much as LIV
  • The group cited Saudi Arabia’s distinguished function in the 9/11 terror attack 

The American defectors to golf’s Saudi-backed breakaway tour have been accused of ‘betraying’ the victims of the 9/11 terror atrocity in a scathing letter from a distinguished assist group.

The livid message was despatched on to representatives of Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed and Kevin Na, with the declare that they’ve turn into ‘complicit’ in the ‘whitewashing’ of Saudi Arabia’s repute by cashing in with the controversial LIV Invitational Series.

In citing Saudi Arabia’s distinguished function in the terror attack, Terry Strada, the chair of 9/11 Families United, wrote: ‘Whether it was the enchantment of thousands and thousands of {dollars} of laborious money, or simply the alternative to prosecute your skilled grievances with the PGA, you’ve got bought us out.

‘This is a betrayal not solely of us, however of all of your countrymen.’

Strada, whose husband died in the attack, added: ‘Our neighborhood needs to specific our outrage at your partnership with LIV Golf and remind you of the accountability that your new business associate, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, shoulders for offering the monetary assist and logistical assist that enabled the terrorists to attack our nation and kill our family members.

‘As you might know, Osama bin Laden and 15 of the 19 September 11 hijackers had been Saudis. It is the Kingdom that has spent 20 years in denial: mendacity about their actions, and cowardly dodging the accountability they bear. 

Phil Mickelson is among the rebels to have received a letter from 9/11 Families United group

Phil Mickelson is amongst the rebels to have acquired a letter from 9/11 Families United group

Dustin Johnson (pictured) has also defected to the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Series

Dustin Johnson (pictured) has additionally defected to the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Series

‘Yet these are your companions, and far to our disappointment, you seem happy to be in business with them.

‘Given Saudi Arabia’s function in the loss of life of our family members and people injured on 9/11 -your fellow Americans- we’re angered that you’re so keen to assist the Saudis cover up this historical past of their request for ‘respectability’. When you associate with the Saudis, you turn into complicit with their whitewash, and assist give them the reputational cover they so desperately crave- and are keen to pay handsomely to fabricate.

‘Please, don’t insult our beloved one’s recollections and take the pathetic position, as one of your international colleagues did final week, claiming you’re ‘simply golfers enjoying a sport’ or blandly treating the evils of the Saudi regime as ‘human rights’ issues. You are all Americans, keenly conscious of the loss of life and destruction of September 11.’

The LIV Series got underway at Centurion Club in St Albans after a divisive week for golf

The LIV Series received underway at Centurion Club in St Albans after a divisive week for golf

Patrick Reed, the 2018 Masters Champion, is the latest high-profile player to join the tour

Patrick Reed, the 2018 Masters Champion, is the newest high-profile participant to hitch the tour

The letter represents an escalation in the fevered narrative round the insurgent LIV circuit, which has impressed a civil conflict between the new and outdated order of {golfing} institutions, and has additionally fired up the dialog round sportswashing.

Reed grew to become the newest high-profile participant to hitch on Saturday, together with his signing confirmed throughout the last spherical of their opening occasion at Centurion Club, St Albans. 

The 2018 Masters champion mentioned: ‘I’m tremendous excited. Just the thought of with the ability to be half of an evolution and a change in golf for the higher is unbelievable.’

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