Laws company Cozen O’Connor has ended a two-year sponsorship with expert golfer Jason Kokrak after he jumped to a breakaway circuit funded by the Saudi Arabia Public Funding Fund.
“In delicate of Mr. Kokrak’s affiliation with the model new LIV Tour, we have mutually agreed he’ll no longer be an envoy for Cozen O’Connor,” a company spokesman talked about in an announcement. “We would like him properly in his future endeavors.”
LIV Golf announced Wednesday that Kokrak, the thirty sixth ranked participant on the earth has joined the tour. Former European Ryder Cup captain Henrik Stenson and longtime PGA Tour skilled Charles Howell III have moreover defected.
The model new golf league has been broadly criticized as an effort to “sportswash” Saudi Arabia’s recognition. One distinguished voice of that criticism is households of victims who died inside the 9/11 terrorist assaults.
Cozen O’Connor and its chairman, Stephen Cozen, have carried out a primary operate in a lawsuit in opposition to Saudi Arabia filed by 9/11 victims and households in 2003. The lawsuit alleges that Saudi Arabia authorities employees aided the hijackers who carried out the assault and that Saudi-linked organizations financed al Qaeda, the terrorist group behind it.
Saudi Arabia has continuously denied involvement in 9/11. The FBI last yr declassified a 16-page memo that did not draw a conclusion on the allegations nonetheless detailed hyperlinks and contacts between the terrorists and Saudi nationals dwelling inside the US on the time, along with certainly one of many nation’s diplomats.
Cozen O’Connor was the first Huge Laws company to sponsor educated golfer, starting with William McGirt in 2017. The company launched its relationship with Kokrak in 2019, and its emblem had featured prominently on the left entrance of the long-hitting Canadian golfer’s shirts.
LIV Golf has carried out two events thus far with its third scheduled for July 29-31 at former President Donald Trump’s course in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Brian Baxter contributed to this report.