As most of the social media world noticed last week, Rory McIlroy played a round of golf with President Trump. After the news went viral on social media, a lot of people had something to say, as expected.
The four-time major winner finally responded to the negative criticism on Friday via Twitter. Here’s his full statement:
I don’t agree with everything my friends or family say or do, but I still play golf with them. Last week, I was invited to play golf with the President of the United States. W[h]ether you respect the person who holds that position or not, you respect the office that he holds. This wasn’t an endorsement or a political statement of any kind. It was, quite simply, a round of golf. Golf was our common ground, nothing else.
I’ve travelled all over the world and have been fortunate enough to befriend people from many different countries, beliefs and cultures. To be called a fascist and a bigot by some people because I spent time in someone’s company is just ridiculous.
I hope, to some degree, this clarifies my decision to accept the invitation that was extended to me. Thanks to everyone for your continued support and I look forward to making my comeback in Mexico next week!”
McIlroy has been rehabbing a fractured rib, which has kept him out of action since January, but like he said himself, is aiming to make a comeback real soon.
If you want to read the response directly from McIlroy’s Twitter, here it is as well:
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) February 24, 2017