Shark Week gets off to a bad start in Washington DC
LIV Golf CEO and commissioner Greg Norman — nicknamed “The Great White Shark” for his blonde hair and aggressive style during his playing days — met with members of Congress on Wednesday about the ongoing war on the league with the PGA Tour. To say the process didn’t quite go as planned would be an understatement.
Representative Tim Burchett of Tennessee apparently walked out of the Republican Study Committee meeting with the Hall of Fame golfer, with Burchett saying he didn’t understand the Australian’s accent, that his presentation was “essentially the propaganda” and that the Saudis were funding the rogue circuits and “billionaire oil people” should not be hogging the organization’s time, according to several reports.
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Burchett later tweeted, “Didn’t the Saudis fly some of these planes on 9/11 and what about their murder of @washingtonpost columnist #JamalKashoggi?
Representative Chip Roy of Texas, meanwhile, pressed the 67-year-old on LIV’s ties to Saudi Arabia and the registration of foreign agents, according to The Hill reporter Emily Brooks.
“Don’t come here and act like you’re doing something right, while you’re supporting a billion dollars of Saudi money,” Roy told reporters.
Norman is expected to speak with members from both sides of the aisle this week — he also met with Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, according to Politico. But it seems the two-time British Open champion finds few allies in Washington.
The PGA Tour has been lobbying against LIV since last year, while a group of LIV players as well as the organization itself filed an antitrust lawsuit against the Tour.
Meanwhile, the Justice Department is also looking into possible anti-competitive actions by the Tour since July.
LIV, which is funded by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, has come under scrutiny for, among other things, being used to ‘sportswash’ the country’s abysmal human rights record. the man.
Meanwhile, Justin Thomas mocked LIV players complaining about not getting world ranking points from LIV tournaments, while Norman, who founded the QBE Shootout more than three decades ago – an event by slated for December that will feature a number of PGA Tour players – a sidestepped this event following LIV distractions and controversy.
This story originally appeared on the New York Post.