9/11 survivors group criticizes LIV golfers for organizing New Jersey event | Golf Leaf Series

The head of a group representing families affected by the 9/11 attacks has criticized the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV golf chain for organizing the tournament in Bedminster, New Jersey, this week. Terry Strada, the national president of 9/11 Families United, believes the venue is the “worst place on the planet” for the third event of the lucrative Rebel tour.

On Tuesday morning, Strada will face a media conference near Bedminster, owned by former US President Donald Trump. There, United 9/11 Families will publish documents they believe prove Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Saudi Arabia has long denied that it was complicit in 9/11. “Players need to see this and the White House should take notice as well,” said Strada, whose husband Tom was among the nearly 3,000 people killed in the 2001 atrocities.

New Jersey lost 750 residents on September 11. Of golfers including Phil Mickelson who switched to the LIV Series, Strada said: “They probably all thought of what families would feel if they came to Bedminster and NJ. Of all the courses in the world, this is the worst a tournament can hold. It was one of the It is extremely humiliating and painful to think that six weeks before the last anniversary, families will no longer feel the pain of a periodic Saudi-supported backyard.

Families suffered the most, but these cities also suffered. There were schools with broken-hearted children going back to the classroom. New York City can’t host a tournament, so Bedminster, New Jersey is the worst place on the planet that could happen.”

Trump’s participation as the tournament host adds another layer of controversy. Last week, golfers actively advised the LIV side against the traditional PGA Tour model. “He should know more than anyone else, as a former president, what level of corruption the kingdom can be,” said Strada. He turned a blind eye to it when he was president. He’s a New Yorker, who claims to sympathize with families but clearly doesn’t. If he had a sensitive bone in his body he would understand the level of anxiety this caused.

These people do not understand how devastating September 11th was. My husband was chopped up. We don’t know where all the parts of his body fell. It has not been recognized before. There was a psychological cruelty that people do not realize. These players have covertly forgotten how terrible the attacks were, but former President Trump is particularly egregious in his behavior towards us. There are no words for that.”

The Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey is hosting the third LIV Golf Series event. Photo: Seth Wenig/AP

Strada described Graeme McDowell’s public statement about a “smear campaign” against LIV as “comical”.

On behalf of a body representing more than 10,000 family members of 9/11 victims and survivors, Strada wrote a scathing letter to Mickelson’s representatives and a handful of others after they pledged to abide by the LIV. No response came, though Michelson expressed his “deep sympathy” to the families of those who lost loved ones on 9/11.

“It didn’t surprise me,” Strada said of the lack of a direct response to the letter. “It was disappointing. I don’t think they know how to interact with families. They just decouple from Saudi talking points, right and left. They are becoming more and more insulting over time because they are repeating the same things. Sports is a very serious matter if you look at it from a serious perspective.

“I can’t imagine they are completely heartless but actions speak louder than words and their actions scream that they are heartless. They did distasteful things. The shirt [worn by Pat Perez] With a $100 bill design. Dance and celebrate on board the LIV plane. How did they think the 9/11 families would feel about it? “

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Routine Defense by LIV Golfers The source of money for tournament golf under the current rounds banner gets too little focus that doesn’t break the ice with Strada. “Work is one thing,” she said. “I may not like people dealing with the kingdom but that is not what this is. It is not a business arrangement. This is a sporting wash intended to purge their image and manipulate public opinion and sweep the atrocities of 9/11 under the rug. Golfers are willing to do it for a large sum of money” .

Responding to earlier outrage from those affected by the 9/11 attacks at the LIV event in Bedminster, the organizers said: “These families have our deepest sympathies,” adding: “While some may not agree, we believe golf is a force for good around the world.” “.

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