Brandel Chamblee is never one for taking criticism lying down, and he’s responded to being called a “paid actor” by Claude Harmon III in typical fashion with a lengthy Twitter post outlining his objections to LIV Golf.
In a long and staunch defence of his position on Saudi Arabia funding LIV Golf, Chamblee slammed Harmon for being happy to “profit from the evil” by defending the new tour.
While some of Harmon’s comments went a bit overboard, the point still got across, and Chamblee has answered saying that the “farrago of whataboutisms” against him are merely diversionary tactics to excuse LIV Golf’s Saudi Arabian funding.
“Much like sportswashing, its sole goal is to obfuscate,” Chamblee wrote of Harmon and similar criticism.
“Of course it is usually accompanied by an ad hominem attack most notably by calling someone a hypocrite or most recently as directed at me, a paid actor to recite my lines.
“The accusation that I am just a proxy for the opinion of my employer is a curious one to me. No one for whom I work with or for has ever tried to influence what I am going to say.
“I’d like to think that they trust whatever opinion I have, whether it agrees with their’s or not, I’ve done the research to back it up. Which is more than I can say for those who suggest that because there is evil everywhere, all evil is relativized and unless all of it can be addressed at the same time and in the same way, it should all be ignored.
“Especially, as in the case of the person who called me a paid actor, if they can somehow profit from the evil. This is where the debate crashes headfirst into the nexus of politics, sports and narcissistic greed.
“Where those who want to escape it most often cloy at whataboutisms, to stop the discussion with a pejorative accusation because they don’t want their motives to be discovered. “
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