Yesterday, the far-left golf site shifted its cancel campaign into high gear when its most strident trafficker of slander called on golf’s four majors to ban the future Hall-of-Famer, starting with this month’s U.S. Open.
Christine Brennan, who entered the smear merchant business during the Carter administration, was livid that DJ, among others, was not immediately expelled by “golf’s stakeholders.”
Anticipated and discussed for months, the reprehensible and obviously unprecedented decision of some of the world’s best-known golfers to go into business with Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman came this week. Bin Salman, who is bankrolling the Saudis’ LIV Golf, sanctioned the killing of Khashoggi, according to human rights organizations and intelligence services.
Certainly golf’s stakeholders — the U.S. Golf Association, the PGA Tour, Augusta National and the PGA of America, among others — were ready to answer with virtuous words that would ripple through the honorable game for decades, making future generations proud, staking out a moral high ground on which men like those listed above would not be allowed back in their midst for a long time, perhaps forever.
It turns out that no, they were not ready, not at all. They replied haltingly, relying on past statements, saying almost nothing while thinking they were saying something. Augusta National never returned an email. The USGA, which hosts the men’s U.S. Open in two weeks, said it reserves the right, “as we always have, to review any competitor’s situation on a case-by-case basis.”
The PGA of America said it’s “inappropriate and premature” to speculate on the future. The PGA Tour appears to be ready to kick out Johnson and those other hollow shells on the Saudi list, but it wouldn’t say so officially Wednesday.
The perpetually-enraged mudslinger then defamed Johnson’s character, saying he lacked a “moral core.”
Johnson is so lacking a moral core that he signed up to play in next week’s Saudi kickoff in London — let’s call it the Blood Money Open — knowing it conflicted with the RBC Canadian Open, which he pledged to attend at least in part because he is sponsored by RBC…
Johnson and Garcia and the others, along with their role models Greg Norman and Phil Mickelson, will say this is about their freedom as golfers to make money where they want to make it and escape the shackles of the repressive multi-million-dollar Tour life. But it’s not that. It’s all about greed; rich, pampered men wanting more and more and more.
The game of golf has told us forever that it is built on the pillars of honor and dignity, sportsmanship and fair play. Sadly, that façade has crumbled. Today’s game of golf, personified by Johnson and his pals, is about selfishness, combined with a stunning lack of moral judgment.
The people who run the game need to speak out against that, loudly, boldly and right away. Silence is no longer an option.
On the course, the 37-year-old Johnson is a 24-time PGA Tour winner and two-time major champion. He’s already considered one of the 25 greatest golfers of all time. Off the course, DJ is one of the tour’s chillest and least controversial superstars. He’s also a beloved father, husband, son, brother, friend and teammate.
Brennan, on the other hand, is a cancerous character assassin, who’s made a living libeling people and organizations deemed to be the enemy, culturally and/or politically.
We reached out to a few contacts, in the orbit of the aforementioned “stakeholders,” requesting comment on the demands of the forever-enraged scribe. Replies included, “lol” and eye-rolling emojis, along with a few f bombs.