Tour pro blasted for ‘Blue Lives Matter’ wristband

Richy Werenski

PGA Tour pro Richy Werenski has come in for heavy criticism after he was pictured wearing a ‘Blue Lives Matter’ wristband at the 3M Open – a matter of miles from the site where George Floyd was killed in May.

Floyd’s death, caused by a police officer kneeling on his neck, sparked international outrage. Protests were held around the world and support grew for the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement which seeks to end social and racial prejudice.

The ‘Blue Lives Matter’ campaign, meanwhile, was formed in 2014. It supports law enforcement officers, with a stated aim of increasing protection and eliminating discrimination towards the police.

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Werenski has worn the wristband for some time. However, being in contention at the 3M Open – where he ultimately finished in a tie for third – meant that more people noticed it. His decision to wear it at TPC Twin Cities, just a few miles from the scene of Floyd’s killing, drew the ire of many social media users.

Others, though, supported Werenski’s decision to wear the wristband…

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