PGA board member Jimmy Dunne DEFENDS Saudis saying those he works with ‘had nothing to do with’ 9/11

Tone-deaf PGA board member Jimmy Dunne – who brokered golf’s merger – DEFENDS Saudis by claiming ‘the people I’m dealing with had nothing to do with’ 9/11… before insisting ‘I’ll kill them myself’ if they did

  • Dunne’s financial firm, Sandler O’Neill and Partners, was based out of the South Tower of the World Trade Center – with 66 people dying in the 9/11 attacks
  • On that day, Dunne was playing golf – trying to qualify for the US Mid-Amateur 
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PGA Tour board member Jimmy Dunne, the man that brokered the deal between the Saudi Public Investment Fund and the Tour, made a bold statement regarding the PIF and Saudi Arabia’s connection to the September 11th attacks.

Dunne, an investment banker, helped to co-found Sandler O’Neill and Partners – a company located on the 104th floor in the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

He was attempting to qualify for the US Mid-Amateur on September 11, 2001 when the attacks occurred – resulting in the deaths of 66 of his employees. 

Speaking on Golf Channel, Dunne gave an emotional response about the Saudi connection to the terrorist attacks and promised that if someone found a person ‘unequivocally’ involved in 9/11, he would ‘kill them myself.’

‘Every day, the first thing that I think about is [September 11]; several times during the day, I think about it; and the last thing I think about at night is that,’ Dunne began. 

PGA board member Jimmy Dunne said the Saudi’s he works with were not involved in 9/11

‘That has not changed since that day. And I’m not alone in that. I would guarantee that every one of those family members has that same condition. It is just a reality of how unbelievably sad and awful that day was. 

‘I understand that. And I am quite certain — and I have had conversations with a lot of very knowledgeable people — that the people I’m dealing with had nothing to do with it. 

‘If someone can find someone that unequivocally was involved with it, I’ll kill them myself. We don’t have to wait around.’

Dunne continued, saying, ‘But the reality of it is, is that we need to come together as a people. We have too much divisiveness. 

‘And at some point in time — whether it’s our view of the Japanese, or our view of the Germans — there is a point in time where you have to say, let’s try to get to know one another. Let’s try to understand, let’s try to demonstrate by example. 

‘Now, I’m not taking a stance on any country, and whatever their positions on what I’m trying to say is, I believe that we should not run away from our differences. And we should get to know each other and basically make it difficult, so that we don’t have to have a family deal with what we dealt with 20 plus years ago. 

‘As awful as it was for me, it was way worse for other people. I can’t imagine [voice cracks] … if one of my children were involved. SO I have a real empathy about it, but I’d like to do something about it. 

‘And I’d like to make sure that some other poor guy who just goes to work one day, doesn’t have to go through what we went through. It starts with communicating with people all around the world, and I’d like to do my part with that.’