The biennial Presidents Cup which is held since 1994 is a real delight for golf fans. This cup selects a team of U.S. best golfers against a group of players from abroad, without European players, which are part of U.S. in the Ryder Cup.
This year’s Presidents Cup that will take place in Jersey City at Liberty National Golf Club happens in the middle of national’s anthem protests at sporting events.
The protests had various of manifestations, starting from kneeling at the national anthem to staying in the locker room. Everything started when Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem, and the protest spread to the WNBA, MLB, women’s pro soccer and even youth sports.
President Trump stated on Friday that team owners should outset all the players who don’t honor the American anthem. After all the reactions against his comments, many wondered how the golf team will respond.
Steve Stricker, the U.S. captain, during a press conference, was asked about the possibility of national anthem protest of a Team USA.
He stated that he believes none of the team players will do that:
“We’ve had that discussion already,” Stricker stated. “None of my players want to do that.”
“We are going to do what we always do, and that’s take off our hat and put our hands across our chest and over our heart and respect the flag. So that’s what we’re planning on doing,” he added.
The assistant captain of Team USA, David Love III, stated on the Golf Channel: “I think President Trump is right. There is a time for protest, and it probably isn’t during the national anthem.”
He thinks that the protests can move to other phase and manifestations “with our votes” and “letters to our congressmen.”
Rickie Fowler on Sunday made a statement concerning this issue: “I don’t think there’s ever going to be a situation where I don’t recognize the national anthem,” he said for ESPN. “There’s a lot that went into giving us the freedom.”
“For me, personally, being around [instructor] Butch [Harmon], someone who fought in Vietnam, the flag represents a lot. I’m going to pay respect to the people who gave us rights and our freedom,” he continued.
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