Friday, August 28

Two Statements: Cameron Champ and PGA Tour Speak Out on Racial Injustice in Aftermath of Jacob Blake Shooting

AS OTHER PRO LEAGUES PAUSED to protest in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the PGA Tour played on at the BMW Championship, the second leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. The tour's official statement is below.

Wearing a black shoe and a white shoe in the first round of the BMW Championship, Cameron Champ, a biracial player, made his own statement.

PGA TOUR Statement, August 27, 2020

The MLB, MLS, NBA, WNBA and WTA protests are player-led, peaceful, powerful ways to use their respective platforms to bring about the urgent need for change in our country. There have been a number of efforts in the past to send a message that the current climate is unacceptable, and these teams, leagues and players now taking this step will help draw further attention to the issues that really matter. The PGA TOUR supports them – and any of our own members – standing up for issues they believe in.

The PGA TOUR made a pledge over the summer to be part of the solution, and we have been actively working to make deeper and more specific commitments to racial equity and inclusion in the communities where we play, as well as supporting national organizations within this movement that we had not previously engaged with. However, we understand that now is not the appropriate time to highlight our programs and policies, but rather to express our outrage at the injustice that remains prevalent in our country.

Sports have always had the power to inspire and unify, and we remain hopeful that together, we will achieve change.

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