Greg Norman’s comments show that he is the epitome of unabashed greed

Since time immemorial, Greg Norman was a very good golfer with a illustrious title who was famous for losing major slams in the worst possible way.

Today, it’s something else entirely: the vile paragon of unabashed greed, a seemingly soulless and unscrupulous man who has just uttered one of the most repulsive sentences we have ever heard in the world of sports.

While answering questions about the 2018 murder and dismemberment of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi on Wednesday at a media day for the inaugural event of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf team in London next month, Norman said:

“Look, we’ve all made mistakes and you just want to learn from those mistakes and how you can correct them in the future.”

Here is the quote, word for word, according to The Times of London. “We’ve all made mistakes” about the country and the man — his business partner — who ordered the kidnapping and murder of another human being, Norman, 67, said.

Human rights organizations and intelligence agencies said that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman authorized the killing of Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018. Bin Salman is the head of the Saudi government’s Public Investment Fund. This fund finances LIV Golf.

If we as a society have any sense of collective rage remaining within us, Norman should be terminated as a throwing man, a portrait, and an aging public figure. Finished. He went.

He must be joined by his round of golf financed with Saudi blood money. Been completed. Finished. He went.

December 11, 2020; Naples, Florida, USA; Greg Norman greets players on the first hole during the QBE Shootout at Tiburon Golf Club. Mandatory credit: Chris Tilley-USA TODAY NETWORK

Any golfer who still talks about playing championships on the Saudi series – even now, these are the likes of Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood – should be ostracized and punished for their selfishness and arrogance. Any sponsor still holding on to these players should cut them off. Been completed. Finished. He went. why not? This is so bad. Golfers know better, but they can’t help themselves from wanting to make money out of the worst among us.

The Saudi team made up of Mickelson, Garcia and Westwood sought versions of the PGA Tour to play at LIV Golf events. Golfweek’s Eamonn Lynch reports that the tour this week refused to allow its members to play in the London Championships.

Mickelson hasn’t played competitively since his Norman-style comments in February in an effort to explain why a man like him would want to join a tour like the one run by the Saudis.

“It’s scary (expletive),” said Mickelson, according to author Alan Shipnock. We know that they killed Khashoggi and they have an appalling human rights record. They execute people there for being gay. Knowing all this, why am I even thinking about it? Because this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to reshape how the PGA Tour works.”

It was terrible when he said it, but with Norman’s comment, it looks even worse now. My God, how will history judge these people. Mickelson apologized and disappeared, but his quote speaks for itself in all its craziness: “A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

These millionaires want to break free from the tour that made them so rich that they can further enrich their association with this: On March 12, Saudi Arabia murdered 81 men in a mass execution.

Norman was asked about it by reporters on Wednesday in London and replied by saying he didn’t want to be bothered thinking about it.

“I’ve had a lot of messages but I’m honestly looking forward,” he said. “I don’t look back. I don’t look at the politics of things. I won’t get bogged down in anything else going on in someone else’s world. I heard about it and kept moving forward.”

For decades, Norman has been nicknamed “The Shark” because of his blonde hair, rugged shape, aggressive play, and Australian roots. It always seems like the perfect nickname. And still. Simply remove the “a” and replace it with “a”.

A shark through and through.

Kristen Brennan writes columns on national and international sports issues for USA Today. She is also a commentator for ABC News, PBS NewsHour, and National Public Radio, and the best-selling author of seven books. Click here to see more of her recent work.

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