BEDMINSTRE, NJ – At a glance, the group of about 50 people gathered around a crowded intersection in front of a set of television cameras three miles from Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, the site of the LIV golf tournament that kicked off Friday morning, looked like supporters of the course that carries Same name and former president.
But with the words of 9/11 Justice strapped to their hats, and with a message that was loud and clear, it was painfully clear they weren’t a fan of Donald Trump or the controversial Saudi-backed league that has riven and incensed the professional golf scene. Family members of those killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks. With Ground Zero less than 50 miles away and 750 New Jersey residents killed in the 2001 attacks, passions were high as some of golf’s biggest names prepared to take to the street.
Instead, it was the family members of those killed on that terrible day who perpetrated the landing.
“How much money do you need to turn your back on your country, for the American people?” asked Julia Scozzo. “According to certain individuals like Phil MickelsonBrooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Donald Trump, That amount of money is a few hundred million dollars. 9/11 families would offer any amount of money to see our loved ones again, just to have one last hug, one conversation, and another round of golf.”
Scozo is the daughter of New York City firefighter Dennis Scozo, who died when the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed. He was 46 years old.
“We are appalled,” said 9/11 Justice founder Brett Eggelson, whose father, John Bruce Eggelson, worked on the 17th floor of the South Tower and also passed away. “When I think of my father, and hear thousands of other stories, and see golfers dodging questions, putting their heads in the sand and not wanting to tackle our problems and just saying that golf is for the greater good, or I’m doing this for my family, my father went to work to support his family in That day blew up.
“If we can’t get the golfer to look us in the eye and say he’s doing it for the money, and they don’t give much away about Saudi Arabia, they are cowards.”
Earlier in the week, players were asked what they would say to the survivors and family members of those who died on 9/11.
Their responses were as flimsy as a newspaper.
“My heart goes out to all those who suffered loss and were affected by 9/11,” said Paul Casey. “I have no words to describe the pain and sadness behind it, I have to go take a picture.”
Henrik Stenson said, “Yes, I think we can only say that our hearts go out to anyone who lost a loved one in that terrible tragedy. That’s all we can say, really.”
Jay Winick, whose brother, Glenn, was an EMT volunteer and died at the World Trade Center that terrible day, delivered a harsh verbal punch in response.
“This unsettling stench of blood money,” he said, “will surely haunt you for the rest of your days.” “Those tournaments full of blood money called LIV Golf? Like death golf.”
Meanwhile, many bystanders sounded their horns in support of the protesters. However, one man shouted “Trump won!” while he was driving.
Eagleson also addressed reports that the 9/11 Justice was newly formed, assembled to combat LIV Golf in support of the PGA Tour, which had taken a hard line by suspending any player who had abandoned the PGA Tour for the LIV.
“I read that this organization had just been set up, and that we got on the podium a month ago,” Eagleson said. “Ask my wife and kids if this started a month ago. Watch our appearances on Fox News in 2012 and 2013.”
Meanwhile, firefighter Frank Sutvin, of Neptune Township, New Jersey, said Friday, he used to be a huge supporter of Trump. Not yet this latest endeavor with the Saudi-backed LIV Golf, which is funded by the country’s sovereign wealth fund. Recently declassified documents revealed Saudi Arabia’s connection to the 9/11 attacks, though Trump said Thursday on ESPN, “Well, no one got to the bottom of 9/11 unfortunately, and they should have.”
What message did Sotvin have to Trump and the rest of the players on the field this week?
“I was a trumpeter, and excuse me for my language, but you’re a gap,” he said. “And sports, I don’t watch it anymore. They all sell out.”