RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – The PGA Tour Champions currently have no full-time black players, but Kirk Triplett, who has been on the Tour since 2012, has no problem speaking up when it comes to the moves of social justice. For Triplett, the expression âBlack Lives Matterâ is personal.
“For me, the main thing is that he is representative of my family.”
Triplett and his youngest son, Kobe, have had difficult conversations throughout their lives. Kobe was adopted by Triplett and his wife and is now 18 years old. Kobe is black, and the golfer remembers talking to him about things he didn’t need to talk about with his other children.
âThese conversations really touched me,â Triplett remarked. âAs a country, we have problems here that we need to solve. “
With the tour on hiatus due to the pandemic and the protests spreading around the world, the golfer has had plenty of time to reflect and reflect on some of those talks he had with his youngest son while he saw events unfold. The message he felt should be shared wasn’t as visible at golf events as it was at other sports, so in August he added a âBlack Lives Matterâ sticker to his golf bag.
âIt wasn’t a big risk because you’re watching sports across the country right now and athletes are talking about these issues,â Triplett noted. “It frustrates some people, some fans, but I think for the most part, yeah, people get it.”
While the 58-year-old Scottsdale, Arizona resident may be the only one speaking publicly, he feels the support of his teammates.
“A lot of players came to me and said ‘we are proud that you did this. Thank you.’ I think there are a lot of people who feel the same way as me, but they really don’t know how to express it.
Which brings us to the other message Triplett has on his bag: a red, white, and blue button that just says “Vote.”
“The only chance you really get to voice it might be when you go to the polls, so you know, it’s kind of the two things I put in my bag.”
Triplett wants the black community to know he hears it loud and clear. He will continue to use his platform to try and create something better for his family and anyone else he can help along the way.
“My parents created opportunities for me, I want to do what I can to create opportunities for my children, their children and anyone else for whom I can create opportunities.”
The PGA plans to commit $ 100 million over the next ten years to racial and social justice causes.
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