A USA Today column on Thursday mentioned the reputations of golf greats Annika Sorenstam and Gary Player have been “sullied, forever” as a result of they accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Donald Trump a day after he incited the extremist assault on the Capitol that left 5 folks useless.
“They willingly chose to accept an award from Trump and be seen with him a day after his words and actions launched one of the most shameful incidents in U.S. history,” Christine Brennan wrote within the op-ed.
The golf greats “had nothing to do with the insurrection of the Trump mob on Wednesday, of course, but they happily became Trump’s Thursday accessories,” Brennan continued. “They celebrated with him as our nation mourns what he has wrought.”
South Africa’s Player, 85, who received 9 majors, and Sweden’s Sorenstam, 50, who won 10 majors and 72 LPGA tournaments general, had posted no photographs of the White House occasion on their Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts as of early Friday. The White House saved the ceremony on the down-low, barring media. (Babe Didrikson Zaharias was additionally honored posthumously, AP noted.)
Trump has bestowed the medal on different sports activities figures, together with former Notre Dame soccer coach Lou Holtz, who referred to as him the “greatest president during my lifetime.”
But for Player and Sorenstam to have a good time their careers with the disgraced president within the wake of probably the most outrageous misbehavior of his presidency is past the pale, Brennan wrote.
“As representatives of their game, and as business people who benefit greatly from it, their reputations are sullied, forever,” she wrote. “Sorenstam and Player now will be attached to Trump at this horrible time in our nation’s history, forever.”
Player and Sorenstam each performed golf with Trump in 2019, according to the Golf Channel, with Sorenstam and Trump disciple Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) defeating Trump and Player.
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