Utah’s Tony Finau is a cousin of NBA player Jabari Parker, and after the first round of BMW Championship in Chicago Thursday, he made some comments about the protests by NBA and other athletes the past couple of days.
After finishing with an even-par 70, which put him in a tie for fourth place, Finau talked to the Golf Channel about the stand athletes were taking after the recent shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, not far from where he’s playing this week, to not play games.
“I’m in full support of what a lot of the athletes are doing in the NBA,” he said. “I’m for change and for everyone that feels like having a conversation is a healthy thing. I think that has to be had in our country for us to continue moving forward.”
He also said, as a prominent athlete, “we’re human beings before anything else and we live in a society where we do have that platform.”
“I feel like we live in the best country in the world and I support anyone who wants to have a conversation about that,” he added.