Greg Norman on Jamal Khashoggi killing: ‘We all made mistakes’

Greg Norman continues to be asked about his affiliation with Saudi Arabia, and he continues to give lightning-rod answers.

Norman told the media about Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist who was brutally murdered in 2018 at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, Turkey: “We all made mistakes.”

“Everyone admitted it, right? From what I’ve read, what you reported has been talked about,” Norman said, according to TMZ.

“Take responsibility no matter what it is. Look, we all made mistakes and you just want to learn from those mistakes and how to correct them in the future.

Norman, 67, is CEO of LIV Golf, the Saudi government-backed burgeoning series that is trying to compete with the PGA Tour by promising golfers more money – and guaranteed appearance fees – for fewer appearances.

Greg Norman speaks to reporters during a press conference.
Greg Norman speaks to reporters during a press conference.
Action pictures via Reuters

This week, the PGA Tour denied waivers to golfers wishing to play in the first tournament of the LIV Invitational Golf Series, scheduled to be played outside of London next month.

“This whole thing about Saudi Arabia and Khashoggi and human rights, talk about it, but also talk about the good that the country is doing to change its culture,” Norman continued Wednesday.

“There aren’t many countries that can stand up and be proud of it. They cannot be proud of their past – there are many countries in this world that also have a cross to bear – but they care about the younger generation.”

In recent months, Norman has been accused of “sportswashing” – the act of using sport to wash the reputations of despots, and has fought back.

“No, I wasn’t assigned to sportswear because I was in Saudi Arabia and saw the changes that have taken place,” Norman told the Financial Times last year.

“Every country has done appalling things in the past … look at America for example with racism, it’s just so embedded here, it’s just ugly,” he said. Greg Norman on Jamal Khashoggi killing: ‘We all made mistakes’


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