Greg Norman: “We all made mistakes,” says great golfer of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi



CNN

Fantastic golf Greg Norman seems to downplay the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in front of the new LIV Golf professional series backed by Saudi Arabia.

“This whole thing about Saudi Arabia and Khashoggi and human rights, talk about it, but it also talks about the good the country is doing in changing its culture,” Norman said at a LIV golf event at the Centurion Club in St Albans. in England. Norman is the president of LIV Golf.

“Look, we’ve all made mistakes and you just want to learn from those mistakes and how you can correct them in the future,” Norman said, according to news outlets in the UK.

A US intelligence report appointed Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, as responsible for approving the operation that led to Khashoggi’s murder in 2018, which bin Salman denies.

The country’s human rights situation is also widely criticized: political dissidents, human and women’s rights activists, journalists and online critics have historically been harassed, detained, prosecuted and jailed for exposing the Saudi government, according to Amnesty International and others. international human rights groups.

“I have not had a personal conversation with MBS, I have never met the boy, but at the same time I read that the Saudi government has released its statements and comments about it and wants to move on,” Norman said Wednesday.

Norman previously said the lucrative Saudi Arabian-backed golf league is a “new opportunity” for players and the sport.

Earlier this week, LIV Golf, which debuts in June, revealed on Tuesday a new $ 2 billion investment and expanded events program.

The profitable Saudi Arabian-backed golf series says the latest financial commitment “will be used to finance ongoing expansion and award grants for the new LIV Golf.”

Ex world n. 1 Norman announced the formation of the new professional team golf league earlier this year.

The firm, backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), is committed to awarding $ 250 million in total prize money while hosting eight tournaments, which will run from June to October.

The PGA Tour, in a note dated Tuesday, denied permission to players who wanted to play in the first LIV Golf event, citing schedule conflicts.

The note, which CNN obtained from the PGA Tour, cites that the opening event of the Saudi Arabian-backed golf series in London is the same week as the RBC Canadian Open, a PGA Tour event.

“We have informed applicants that their application has been denied in accordance with the PGA TOUR tournament rules,” the statement said. “As such, TOUR members are not permitted to participate in the London Saudi Golf League event under our regulations.”

World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler said he did not consider the PGA Tour’s decision to deny golfers release waivers.

“If you are playing here on the PGA TOUR, playing in something that could be a rival series of the PGA Tour, being a member of our Tour, it is definitely not something we want our membership to do because it will damage the tournament we are facing. that and it is, I’m sure that’s why they were, because they haven’t released the players, “Scheffler said.

“Because if we have 15 guys go there and play, it hurts the RBC and the Canadian Open,” added Scheffler before the first round of the AT&T Byron Nelson.

Norman said LIV will “support” players wishing to participate in LIV Golf. Asked if his legal team had injunctions in place to protect players from bans, Norman replied, “Yes.”

We will support the players, we will be there for them, whatever it is. We are ready to go. We don’t want to go, but we’re ready to go, ”Norman added.

“It will be a player’s choice. I am not going to reason with any player who decides to play where he wants. We are giving them the chance because we believe LIV is here for a long time.

“If you want to go exclusively to the PGA Tour, happy days, do it. I guarantee that many people will eventually come and play with LIV Golf, “she said.

“I told the players, ‘we’ve got your back. Simple as that ‘. We will defend, reimburse and represent, “she added.