9/11 flesh BLASTS LIV Golf players: “You will become a puppet for the Kingdom”
Terry Strada, the president of 9/11 Families United, has slammed some of the world’s best golfers for now being a ‘puppet’ for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after taking millions of dollars to join the LIV Golf Invitational series funded by Saudi Arabia.
Speaking to Sky News’ Mark Austin on The News Hour on Thursday night, Strada also slammed former US President Donald Trump for hosting LIV Golf Bedminster at one of his golf courses.
Trump, who played in the Pro-Am tournament at the Trump National Bedminster GC with Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau today, last week urged PGA Tour players to “take the money” and join LIV Golf.
Strada’s husband, Tom, died in the North Tower of the World Trade Center during the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, and recent evidence has come to light showing that the Saudi government intervened with the 9/11 hijackers. That day.
“This tournament is a very big publicity stunt from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, nothing more than a publicity stunt, it’s not about advancing golf or taking golf to a new level. .. this is nothing more than sportwashing and the Kingdom is trying to erase the history they have with the 9/11 community,” Strada told Sky News’ Mark Austin on The News Hour tonight .
“So yes, this former president knows better than anyone the level of involvement of the Kingdom in the attacks on this country and he should know more and it is a mistake for him to host this tournament.”
With the LIV Golf Invitational Bedminster taking place just 80 miles from Ground Zero, Strada believes the golf tournament is an “insult” to the families involved in the 9/11 attacks.
“It’s happening a few miles from where I used to live and where many families have lost loved ones,” she said.
“New Jersey lost approximately 750 families that day, and over a thousand children lost a parent that day. So having this tournament almost in our backyard is particularly insulting and the former president includes the proximity of the twin towers and where the attacks happened, just in the shadow of it all.
“There is a deposit there which contains the remains of family members who have not yet been identified, including my husband, so all of this is painful.
“This former president understands all of this, but we also have a sitting president, Joe Biden, who refused to meet with the 9/11 families and he’s the one who released all this new evidence that we have.
“We are trying to impress upon players that there is concrete evidence that the Kingdom was 100% involved in providing the support network the hijackers needed to carry out the attacks, so they are partnering with the very country that unleashed extremism on the world and the country responsible for the 9/11 attacks.”
Strada then directly targeted LIV Golf players who are now under contract and paid millions of dollars by the Saudi Public Investment Fund.
Phil Mickelson received around $200 million to join LIV Golf, while Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka reportedly earned over $125 million each.
Others have been paid around $50 million, and more PGA Tour players are reportedly on the way in the weeks and months to come.
LIV Golf yesterday confirmed an expanded schedule of 14 tournaments in 2023 where the total prize pool will reach $405 million.
— LIV Golf (@LIVGolfInv) July 27, 2022
“These are obscene sums of money, that’s sportwashing,” Strada continues.
“They buy them to support the Kingdom as being this legitimate monarchy which, look at us, we’re involved in sport and sport loves us. Well, they prepaid them and these gentlemen, these golfers, now don’t can talk a lot about the Kingdom…all they can do is promote the Kingdom.
“Again, this is a publicity stunt and I am very disappointed that they think hundreds of millions of dollars are okay to associate with the Kingdom and try to erase the history they have with the September 11 attacks.
As for those who argue that many companies around the world continue to do business with Saudi companies, Strada says drawing such a comparison to what LIV Golf is doing by buying out PGA Tour players is complete nonsense.
“The difference is that a business transaction is exactly that…you get something and I get something back,” Strada said.
“What is it, this LIV Golf entity, is a sports laundering entity to be laundered…it’s a publicity stunt, it’s not just about doing a regular business transaction.
“The players have been paid upfront, there’s no incentive to train, they’ll go out and play in a shotgun format and they’re now helping the Kingdom project a different image than what they are really… they’re still a country that supports terrorist financing, and until we reveal the level of funding they’ve given to the hijackers, as well as logistical support, they might keep doing it.
“Everything has to be on display and the golfers know they’ve now partnered with them. It’s very different from a normal business transaction.”
Sky Sports News’ Mark Austin then asked Strada if she had a message in particular for British golfers such as Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter who have taken millions to join LIV Golf, and she did not miss a few. harsh words for them. and the rest of the players on LIV Golf.
“My message is that you hurt the families of 9/11,” she said.
“We have been fighting for over 20 years to obtain justice, truth and accountability for the murder of our loved ones in the horrific attacks of September 11. You are damaging our chances of doing so if you are going to participate and give the Kingdom this image of be a respectful country when they don’t deserve it.You have to earn respect, you don’t just buy it.
“I’m sorry to say this, but you are being bought off by the Kingdom and now you will become a spokesperson for the Kingdom, you will become a puppet of the Kingdom, and I truly feel sorry for you that this is the path you have chosen. “