TIGER Woods praised the “fantastic” Black Lives Matter movement on Tuesday, but warned that change must happen “without hurting the innocent.”
Speaking at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village in Ohio, the star golfer, who is Black, said: “I think change is fantastic.”
“As long as we make changes without hurting the innocent, and unfortunately that has happened, hopefully it doesn't happen in the future, but a movement and change is fantastic.”
“That's how society develops. That's how we grow. That's how we move forward,” Woods, 44, said, according to the Golf Channel. “That's how we have fairness.”
“Unfortunately, we've lost innocent lives along the way, and hopefully we don't lose any more in the future as we move to a much better place socially.”
After George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, died in police custody on May 25, Woods said in a statement that “education is the best path forward.”
“My heart goes out to George Floyd, his loved ones and all of us who are hurting right now,” Woods said. “I have always had the utmost respect for our law enforcement.”
“They train so diligently to understand how, when, and where to use force. This shocking tragedy clearly crossed that line.”
“I remember the LA riots and learned that education is the best path forward. We can make our points without burning the very neighborhoods that we live in,” Woods added.
“I hope that through constructive, honest conversations we can build a safer, unified society.”
At the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas in June, the PGA Tour “set aside an 8.46am tee time that [featured] no players.”
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Eight minutes and 46 seconds is the amount of time investigators have said Derek Chauvin, a white former cop with the Minneapolis Police Department, kneeled on the back of Floyd’s neck, killing him.
Woods has won the Memorial tournament a record five times.
He said in April he was ready to go for the Masters until it was postponed because of coronavirus, but is now rescheduled for November, with Woods as the defending champion.