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Peter FitzSimons brutally owns NRL player Christian Welch over Cam Smith LIV golf comments

Rugby league star Christian Welch has brutally attacked Peter FitzSimons for his hypocritical attitude towards Australian golfer Cam Smith, who is signing with the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf Tour.

Smith’s move to the breakaway golf league reportedly netted him $140 million – something the former Wallabies star and husband of TV presenter Lisa Wilkinson called “blood money” in a recent column.

But the Melbourne Storm prop pointed out that FitzSimons recently appeared in an ad campaign for meal delivery app Uber Eats, in which Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is a key investor.

“It’s okay that you benefit (albeit indirectly) from the Saudi investment fund, but not a golfer?” Welch shared on Twitter.

“Same cash funding that LIV has invested in Uber, Boeing and Starbucks. Are you complicit in getting a ride home or a cappuccino? How far is it? I don’t recall the same outrage from these companies, but dare a golfer to take the money offered.’

FitzSimons recently appeared in an ad campaign for the meal delivery app Uber Eats (pictured in Welch's tweet), in which Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is a major investor

FitzSimons recently appeared in an ad campaign for the meal delivery app Uber Eats (pictured in Welch’s tweet), in which Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is a major investor

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Christian Welch is the co-capture in the Melbourne Storm and has represented Queensland in the State of Origin six times

FitzSimons wrote in a recent Sydney Morning Herald opinion piece, “In this sports war, LIV offers only the billions they’re willing to spend on ‘sports lingerie’ to boost their image.”

“Seriously, what does LIV bring to the table in this war besides blood money?

“And yes, $130 million is hard for anyone to turn down. For that amount, you could probably believe – or at least say – anything.

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“But if you still haven’t signed, Cameron Smith, don’t. You are a fabulous guy that we all love and are proud of. And so I’m not just saying this for us, but for you.’

LIV, a rival tour to the PGA, has come under fire since its inception as critics claimed Saudi Arabia is using golf to “launder” its appalling human rights record.

The oil-rich dictatorship routinely executes local dissidents and remains one of the most repressive places on earth for women and the LGBTQI community.

In 2018, a 15-strong hit squad dispatched on the orders of Prince Bin Salman carried out the horrific murder and torture of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the premises of the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

Eager to buff its image in the wake of international embarrassment, Saudi Arabia has funded the LIV Golf Invitational Series with $3 billion and an additional $2.9 billion to fund events in 2023 and 2024.

Peter FitzSimons (right with wife Lisa Wilkinson) called the LIV golf league

Peter FitzSimons (right with wife Lisa Wilkinson) called the LIV golf league “blood money” in a recent column

WHAT IS SPORTS WASHING?

The term “sports laundry” is the practice of using sports as a propaganda tool to improve the reputation of a nation, company or individual.

Nations with poor human rights records often seek to host major international sporting events in the hope that doing so will whitewash their dealings with minorities and enhance their diplomatic standing in the world.

Sports laundering also occurs when companies or individuals with shady pasts sponsor sports teams or events to gain the favor of their community or government.’

The Rouge Golf League is led by former Australian world No. 1 Greg Norman.

Twitter users applauded Welch for calling FitzSimons about his “double standards.”

“Christian Welch knocked out the Bogan Yuppie in Round 2,” joked one user.

Another said: “Imagine how much Fitzw***er will hate RL after people’s prop beat him. I’m not sure he can hate it much more.

“Getting knocked out by a rugby league player! Oh that’s gorgeous,” wrote a third.

But not everyone agreed with some social media hoards in a rush to defend the opinionated columnist.

“It’s like saying you can’t criticize America’s war in Afghanistan because you bought McDonald’s for lunch,” said 9News reporter Mark Gottlieb.

FitzSimons ended up simply retweeting his response with “Brilliant,” to which one Twitter user replied, “Hey champion, are you going to reply to the people who replied to your tweet? Or just the ones you agree with? A bit unfair to Christian Welch, to be honest.

The criticism comes after FitzSimons had a bitter public row with Aboriginal Senator Jacinta Price, in which he was accused of bullying her over her position on the forthcoming Voice to Parliament referendum.

Cam Smith's move to LIV Golf is reportedly worth $140 million and FitzSimons has been vocal in saying Smith shouldn't have sold out

Cam Smith’s move to LIV Golf is reportedly worth $140 million and FitzSimons has been vocal in saying Smith shouldn’t have sold out

Ms Price went public and said she felt FitzSimons “forced” his view on her during an interview about the merits and flaws of the controversial vote, which could see a third chamber of Parliament set up to debate issues advice that Indigenous Australians are facing.

FitzSimons strongly supports the move, while Senator Price vehemently opposes it, believing it will do nothing to improve Aboriginal life.

In a Facebook post after the article was published, Senator Price claimed FitzSimons “accused me of giving a voice to racists, but that didn’t get printed,” and later told the media he was “aggressive” and “rude” and shouted her at.

FitzSimons strongly denied her claims — as did his boss, who tweeted that he had overheard the interview — by texting FitzSimons asking her to remove the Facebook post, which she did.

The start of the explosive text message exchange between Peter FitzSimons (words in grey) and Jacinta Price (words in blue)

The start of the explosive text message exchange between Peter FitzSimons (words in grey) and Jacinta Price (words in blue)

Senator Price urged FitzSimons to stop bullying her

Jacinta Price and Peter FitzSimons both angrily claimed they had witnesses to her call in a heated text exchange (pictured) after she accused him of being “aggressive”.

The full text exchange between the two reveals that they both claimed to have witnesses to the phone call as they argued about what happened.

“Senator, I urge you to retract these defamatory allegations, knowing it is nonsense,” FitzSimons wrote.

Senator Price hit back: “We yelled at each other. I would like a copy of the interview… They accused me of empowering racists.”

FitzSimons insisted there was “not a single raised voice on either side,” but she responded, “I remember screaming, as did my chief of staff, who was present while you were speaking.”

Jacinta Price (pictured), a first-term NT senator, is opposed to an Indigenous vote in Parliament and is changing the date of Australia Day to January 26

Jacinta Price (pictured), a first-term NT senator, opposes an Indigenous vote in Parliament and changing the date of Australia Day from January 26

What is the indigenous voice in Parliament?

Anthony Albanese wants a constitutional body that would allow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to advise Parliament on policies and projects that affect their lives.

A referendum is needed to change the constitution. TThe vote will need the support of a majority of Australians in most states to succeed.

The question that could be asked of Australians is: “Do you support an amendment to the Constitution that introduces an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice?”

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