9-11 Victims’ families slam Saudi rebel tour’s merger into world golf.7 June 2023
By Paul Martin.
Furious families of people killed in the 9-11 terrorist attacks have slammed the American chief of the PGA golf tour for making a worldwide deal with the rebel Saudi-created LivGolf tour.
Sixteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens, and the Saudis have the highest rate of executions in the world — with the death penalty available against people who are found guilty of some forms of ‘sexual infidelity’. Women in Saudi Arabia do not have the vote in national elections alongside men.
The families accused Moynihan of being a lackey of the Saudis, and accused the golfing establishment of surrendering to Saudi ‘sportswashing’ — a term of abuse for pariah nations trying to gain acceptance through the image of being benefactors of sport.
9/11 Families United, in a statement, said: “The LIV Golf league that is bankrolled by billions of sportswashing money from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Saudi operatives played a role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and now it is bankrolling all of professional golf.”
Australian golfing great Greg Norman, a double winner of The (British) Open, had fronted the Saudi-financed tour, but has gone silent and has probably been paid off, as part of the price for the merger. Norman had said last year that the LivGolf tour would benefit golf worldwide, so “what are they all scared of?”
“You would have to be living under a rock” not to know that joining the LivGolf tour has ‘significant implications’ over the Saudi role in the 9-11 mass murders, PGA Commissioner Jay Monahan said in a TV interview last year.
Monahan said he was friends with two families who had lost loved ones when four planes became killing machines — including the destruction of the Twin towers at the World Trade Center.
Moynihan had asked last year on TV why the Saudis were pumping in huge money, with ‘no possibility of a return’. He added: “I ask: how is this good for the game that I love.”
Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy had taken the lead in condemning players who had joined LivGolf, and is now said to be livid at the deal.
9/11 Families United Statement on PGA Merging with Saudi-backed LIV Golf Tour
Washington, D.C. – 9/11 Families United is shocked and deeply offended by the newly announced merger between the PGA Tour and the LIV Golf league that is bankrolled by billions of sportswashing money from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Saudi operatives played a role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and now it is bankrolling all of professional golf.
“PGA Commissioner Jay Monahan co-opted the 9/11 community last year in the PGA’s unequivocal agreement that the Saudi LIV project was nothing more than sportswashing of Saudi Arabia’s reputation. But now the PGA and Monahan appear to have become just more paid Saudi shills, taking billions of dollars to cleanse the Saudi reputation so that Americans and the world will forget how the Kingdom spent their billions of dollars before 9/11 to fund terrorism, spread their vitriolic hatred of Americans, and finance al Qaeda and the murder of our loved ones. Make no mistake – we will never forget,” said 9/11 Families United Chair Terry Strada, whose husband Tom died in the World Trade Center’s North Tower. “Mr. Monahan talked last summer about knowing people who lost loved ones on 9/11, then wondered aloud on national television whether LIV Golfers ever had to apologize for being a member of the PGA Tour. They do now – as does he. PGA Tour leaders should be ashamed of their hypocrisy and greed. Our entire 9/11 community has been betrayed by Commissioner Monahan and the PGA as it appears their concern for our loved ones was merely window-dressing in their quest for money – it was never to honor the great game of golf.”
Watch Commissioner Monahan’s Comment on 9/11 Families from last year HERE
About 9/11 Families United:
9/11 Families United is an organization consisting of family members of those murdered in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, as well as many of those who survived, were injured in or sickened from the attacks, a community that numbers well over 10,000. More information is at www.911familiesunited.org.