Rory McIlroy played a round of golf with President Donald Trump over the weekend and has faced a ton of backlash for doing so. In the aftermath, the 27-year-old took to Twitter on Friday to answer his critics with a statement claiming the round did not equate to an endorsement of Trump.
Rory, charge your phone!
This is a tough one. I understand fans of McIlroy being upset that he would spend time with someone they view as reprehensible. After all, Trump has done and said a lot of controversial things that are beyond the pale for some people. McIlroy is a role model whether he wants to be or not and playing golf with Trump in some way does seem like a small endorsement. On the other hand, it was just a round of golf. The President of the United States asked McIlroy to play golf, and he did. That’s it. McIlroy didn’t attend a campaign rally or talk glowingly about Trump as Tom Brady and others have.
Being upset that he’s spending time with someone you dislike is a normal reaction to the situation, but calling McIlroy a fascist or a bigot is certainly taking things too far. So lets all calm down, people.