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PGA Tour supports player-led protests over social injustice

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Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Tour has thrown its weight behind the player-led protests over social-injustice following the recent murder of a black man. Photo: GOLF

The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Tour has thrown its weight behind the player-led protests over social-injustice following the recent murder of a black man, Jacob Blake, in Wisconsin, United States of America (U.S.).

PGA Tour said in a statement yesterday that the “MLB, MLS, NBA, WNBA, and WTA protests are player-led, peaceful, powerful ways to use their respective platforms to bring about the urgent need for change in our country.

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“THERE have been a number of efforts in the past to send a message that the current climate is unacceptable, and these teams, leagues, and players now taking this step will help draw further attention to the issues that really matter. The PGA TOUR supports them – and any of our own members – standing up for issues they believe in.”

The PGA TOUR added that it made a pledge over the summer to be part of the solution, and “we have been actively working to make deeper and more specific commitments to racial equity and inclusion in the communities where we play, as well as supporting national organizations within this movement that we had not previously engaged with.

“However, we understand that now is not the appropriate time to highlight our programs and policies, but rather to express our outrage at the injustice that remains prevalent in our country.”

It added: “Sports have always had the power to inspire and unify, and we remain hopeful that together, we will achieve change.

“It would be disruptive, but sure would be nice if an overwhelmingly white league would do more than provide verbal platitudes. Progress in racial injustice is far more important than a single golf tournament.”

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