Gary Player’s son marks memories of his father without foundation

Marc Player, son and former business partner of multiple major champion Gary Player, released a statement in response to his father’s claims that several auctioned trophies and memorabilia belong to him and that he is taking action to obtain them. return.

The bitter feud between Player and his son escalated, with Player Jr. calling his father’s claims “baseless” and insisting that “you can’t take back what no longer belongs to you”.

The statement, released by Marc Player’s legal representatives, Heitner, read: “In response to the August 8 statement that James Throssell posted on Twitter, on behalf of Gary Player, and his baseless claim of ownership related to unidentified trophies and memorabilia, our client Marc Player, states the following:

“In 2002, after several years of spending a great deal of time and money at Christie’s London, Marc Player cataloged almost 300 items from his father’s worldwide golf career. Many of these items have been scattered around the world or were not won by Gary Player but commissioned by Marc Player from artists or purchased from various other collectors.The entire Christie’s Gary Player collection was later sold to South African billionaire Johann Rupert when Marc Player’s father was unable to pay his unpaid multi-million personal tax bill due to the South African tax services.

“Gary Player has already sold, against Marc Player’s wishes, the most important original Grand Slam memorabilia that should have been part of his legacy.”

The statement alleges an agreement between Marc Player and his father that proceeds from the sale would be split between the two parties. Marc Player adds that to date, he has not received any compensation.

“The agreement between Gary Player and his son was simply that, should Christie’s collection ever be sold, they would split the proceeds equally considering the time, effort and cost of Marc’s endeavors. To this day , Marc Player has not received Any other trophies or souvenirs validly given to Marc Player by his parents, remain his, and Marc has been in full possession of these items for decades without any claim from his father , Gary’s management, Gary’s family or advisers. You cannot take back what no longer belongs to you.”

This is not the first legal dispute between the pair. In 2000, Gary Player was awarded $5 million after an unknown contract dispute between Player and his son was settled.

Earlier this year, another Player son, Wayne, revealed he received a lifetime ban from the Masters after using last year’s honorary farewell ceremony to advertise golf balls . With the cameras trained on Lee Elder, the first black golfer to play in the Masters, Wayne Player held up a sleeve of golf balls in the background.

Wayne Player had previously been in trouble at Augusta, after being arrested for fraud following an incident involving a home rental at the 2018 Masters. The charges were later dropped, but not before he passed what he described like “five nights from hell” in a nearby prison cell.

Michael C. Ford