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Thursday, June 16, 2022 

Golfer angers 9-11 Families by participating in Saudi-backed sport league

Phil Mickelson, a notable golfing pro, has outraged 9-11 Families over his involvement with a golfing league supported by Saudi Arabia, which even now still hasn't fully changed its ways away from Islamofascism:
Golfer Phil Mickelson is expressing “deep empathy” with 9/11 families who are outraged by his participation in a Saudi-backed golf league.

Speaking at a press conference before the U.S. Open on Monday, Mickelson was asked for his response to a strongly-worded letter from 911familiesunited.org, a group comprised of victims’ families and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The group wrote a letter last week to representatives of Mickelson, Kevin Na, and several other golfers who have joined the Saudi-backed league, alleging that the golfers were helping Saudi Arabia “whitewash” their complicity in the 9/11 attacks.
And that's wrong, regardless of whether Saudi Arabia's moving away from certain oppressive tactics. But all Mickelson did in his response was to offend the victims even more:
Twenty years before 41-year-old Tom Strada found himself as a bond broker for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor of the north tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, he was a scratch golfer and assistant pro at Meadow Brook Country Club. That’s where he met his future wife, Terry, a waitress at the club. She describes their first meeting in the kitchen as love at first sight and speaks fondly about the two Long Island families’ connection to the game, both recreationally and as fans of stars Phil Mickelson, Greg Norman and others. But last week she spoke less fondly to Mickelson and other American players in a letter to them from the organization she chairs, 911familiesunited.org, for their involvement in the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series. She accused the group of “sportswashing” and betraying the United States.

Monday at the U.S. Open, Mickelson was asked about the letter, which The Post was first to report on, and said, in part, that he had the “deepest of sympathy and empathy” for the Stradas and other 9/11 families.

A day later, in a phone interview with The Post, Terry Strada said that Mickelson’s words were “disappointing, hollow and insulting.” She was also taken aback by the manner in which Mickelson answered reporters’ questions during the sometimes testy 25-minute press conference.

“The way he hurried the reporter [asking if there was a question in there] was very rude,” Strada said. “I was shocked and disappointed that he was evading the question. He’s aware that he’s sportswashing, and he’s trying to evade that. But he’s involved in it.”
So long as Saudi Arabia's unwilling to address the dark parts of their history, along with the Religion of Peace itself and its role in the 9-11 tragedy, Mickelson should be ashamed of himself for his participation, and if he's unwilling to withdraw from the group, he should be shunned for what he's doing now.

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