Golf Legend Greg Norman Apparently Rejects Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder: “We all made mistakes”

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Golf legend Greg Norman, who was targeted by his Saudi Arabian-funded golf league set to rival the PGA tourhe apparently brushed off Jamal Khashoggi’s murder at a press conference on Wednesday.

Khashoggi was a Washington Post columnist and was horribly murdered in 2018 in Turkey. It was later determined that Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents in Istanbul.

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Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a press conference in Manama, Bahrain last December. 15, 2014. A suspect in the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was arrested on Tuesday, December 15. 7, 2021 in France, according to a French judicial official.

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a press conference in Manama, Bahrain last December. 15, 2014. A suspect in the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was arrested on Tuesday, December 15. 7, 2021 in France, according to a French judicial official.
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Norman, at a press conference for LIV Golf about a month before the first event to be held at London’s Centurion Golf Club, was questioned about his thoughts on Saudi Arabia’s involvement in Khashoggi’s murder.

“From what I’ve heard and what you guys have reported, just take ownership of what it is. Take ownership, whatever it is. Look, we’ve all made mistakes and you just want to learn from those mistakes and how to correct them by going. forward, “he said, away Gulf Digest.

He would later avoid further questions on Saudi Arabian human rights issues, saying he would “stay focused on golf” and would not examine “the politics of things.”

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Greg Norman, CEO of Liv Golf Investments, speaks to the media during a practice round prior to PIF Saudi International at Royal Greens Golf & amp; Country Club on 01 February 2022 in Al Murooj, Saudi Arabia.

Greg Norman, CEO of Liv Golf Investments, speaks to the media during a practice round prior to PIF Saudi International at Royal Greens Golf & amp; Country Club on 01 February 2022 in Al Murooj, Saudi Arabia.
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“… I know the mission I have as CEO of LIV Golf and that’s how we can grow the game globally. I’m not going to get into the quagmire of whatever happens in someone else’s world. I’ve heard about it and I have kept moving on. “

On Tuesday, Norman also defended the invitation-only golf series in an interview with Sky Sports. The Saudi Public Investment Fund supported the golf league with $ 2 billion.

“They are not my bosses. We are independent. I do not answer to Saudi Arabia. I do not answer to MBS [Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud]”he said.” I answer my board of directors and MBS is not there. Simple as that. So that narrative isn’t true. “

Norman said he understood people’s concerns about the source of the money that funds the tour, considering the history of human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia. But he argued that the country was attempting to make a “cultural change from within”.

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“It is reprehensible what happened with [Jamal] Khashoggi. Admit it, talk about it, “she said.” But if you go back to Saudi Arabia, they are making a cultural shift from within to change it. They don’t want to have that stigma sitting over there. “

Professional golfer Greg Norman walks through the pit area during the third free practice session for the Formula One Miami Grand Prix car race at the Miami International Autodrome on Saturday, May 7, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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“The generation of children today that I see on the driving range, they don’t want the stigma to go to the next generation and their children. They want to change that culture and they are changing that culture,” he added. “And do you know how they’re doing? Golf.”

The first tournament will take place from 9 to 11 June. The PGA Tour denied some releases to golfers who were looking to play in the first event.

Phil Mickelson, who is allegedly expected to play at the first LIV Golf event, was also criticized for his remarks about the Saudis that were revealed earlier this year. Mickelson described the Saudis as “scary,” but noted that he could look beyond their history of human rights abuses if it meant an opportunity to change the PGA Tour.

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Mickelson would later apologize for his remarks.

David Aaro of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.