He called on Mickelson to “be a man, step up, accept the truth of who you’re getting into bed with.”
The Saudi government has long denied any involvement in the 9/11 attacks. The 9/11 Commission, in its 2004 report, found “no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded” Al Qaeda, which carried out the attacks. But there has been speculation about the involvement of other, lower-ranking officials, and an FBI investigation uncovered circumstantial evidence of such support, according to a 2020 report by The New York Times Magazine and ProPublica.
Tim Frolich, a Brooklyn banker who escaped from the 80th floor of the South Tower but seriously injured his left foot and ankle while fleeing the collapsing tower, said the golfers had been “bought” and were accepting “blood money.” of the LIV Series. The Saudi-sponsored tour offered signing bonuses, some reported in the nine figures, to attract some golfers like Mickelson from the PGA Tour.
“This is nothing more than a group of very talented athletes who seem to have turned their backs on the crime of murder,” said Frolich, who turns 58 this month.
Mickelson was not available to reporters Thursday. In an interview published in February, he told his biographer, Alan Shipnuck, that the Saudis were ‘scary’ and had a ‘horrible human rights record’ including the 2018 murder and dismemberment of Washington Post columnist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi. Mickelson later apologized for his comments. He joined LIV Golf in June.
No official attendance figures were released for the opening round of the three-day tournament, which was played under clear skies with temperatures in the 70s. But the crowd that saw mostly declining older players was perhaps only a third of the daily attendance of about 25,000 at a typical event on the rival PGA Tour. Mickelson, 52, finished the round three over par, eight shots behind leader Carlos Ortiz of Mexico. Still, Mickelson has a vocal and dedicated following.
Several viewers interviewed said they were simply interested in watching a sporting event and avoiding geopolitics.