Phil Mickelson had previously made comments referring to Saudi Arabia and its people as ‘scary’ and went on to cite their numerous human rights abuses…
Still, Mickelson reportedly chose to shill for the Saudi’s—attempting to aid and campaign for up and coming Saudi interests in golf.
The Saudi’s have human rights issues—this is no secret and even other more secular Arab countries have called them out on this numerous times.
Phil Mickelson shouldn’t be doing the work of the Saudi’s for them in what many are calling a ‘greedy’ move which puts money above human rights.
Here’s what Mickelson had to say:
Absolutely insane quote from Phil Mickelson here pic.twitter.com/WanxRma2aR
— harry breitner (@HarryTellsJokes) February 17, 2022
Mickelson’s apology was reported by ESPN:
“Although it doesn’t look this way now given my recent comments, my actions throughout this process have always been with the best interests of golf, my peers, sponsors and fans,” Mickelson wrote.
“There is the problem of off-the-record comments being shared out of context and without my consent, but the bigger issue is that I used words that do not reflect my true feelings or intentions.
money and power is always the great revealer. it doesn't change people, it reveals them. the latest with Phil Mickelson and Greg Norman and the Saudis is just another example. Money revealed them for who they really are. Just like Trump revealed folks for who they really are.
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) February 22, 2022
— Brian Stultz (@brianjstultz) February 20, 2022
Daily Caller continued with Mickelson’s comments:
“I’m beyond disappointed and will make every effort to self-reflect and learn from this,” the statement added.
“My intent was never to hurt anyone and I’m so sorry to the people I have negatively impacted.
This has always been about supporting the players and the game and I appreciate all the people who have given me the benefit of the doubt.”