Both Sides of the Ball

Reactions to the unrest in Wisconsin, the PGA Tour's response and Tiger Woods' influence

Both Sides of the Ball

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Co-hosts Bo Van Pelt and Farrell Evans react to the response of professional sports to the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis. While the NFL, NBA, WNBA, Major League Baseball and NHL engaged the moment with boycotts and statements of player solidarity around social-justice issues and police brutality, PGA Tour players at the BMW Championship mostly said very little and continued business as usual. The PGA Tour did issue a press release, but it wasn't enough for Evans, who is disappointed that the golfers didn't act en masse as many athletes had in other sports. Van Pelt offers reasons why his colleagues didn't say more and is hopeful that the PGA Tour's legacy of charity will carry over into social-justice issues. Van Pelt and Evans agree that the game's past response to the social-justice and civil-rights issues already has borne perhaps the greatest fruit of the game to this generation: Tiger Woods.

(Editor's note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly characterized the Jacob Blake incident as a "killing." Morning Read regrets the error.)

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