The PGA Tour say they will support any player who chooses to protest at this week’s BMW Championship.
Last night’s NBA playoffs were postponed, while Naomi Osaka pulled out of the Western and Southern Open in protest at the shooting in Wisconsin of Jacob Blake.
Play at the US Open warm-up in New York was suspended for the day as a mark of solidarity.
The PGA Tour say they back any player or member standing up for what they believe in.
PGA Tour statement:
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.