A celebrity charity golf event hosted by Buffalo Bills safety Jordan Poyer and set to take place at Trump National Doral in Florida was canceled due to backlash the event received, his representative said.
Avalon Sports issued a statement about the cancellation on Saturday.
«We would like to inform the general public and the media that the Jordan Poyer Celebrity Tournament scheduled for July 10 has been rescheduled for next year. The tournament is a charitable initiative that Jordan has been working on for the past few years. 6 months. Our main goal was to raise money for the Buffalo community,» the statement read.
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«This year’s (sic) event was held at one of Jordan’s favorite courses in South Florida. The Blue Monster at Trump National in Doral, Florida. This is a PGA course where Tiger Woods won the Doral Open 2 years in a row, in 2005 and 2006».
«Unfortunately, we were sadly surprised by the negative comments from some people to make this a political battle and continue to divide our community,» the statement continued.
«We condemn any type of violence and stand with Jordan as he continues to work to make a positive impact and be a role model for our community.»
Poyer said in an Instagram video that the ECMC Foundation was a «big sponsor» of the event and participated in it last year. He also said that some golfers also withdrew from the event. Poyer lamented that egos get in the way of «being a good human being.»
«They decided they didn’t want to participate in my tournament that they participated in last year because of where it is, at Trump National Doral in South Florida,» Poyer said. «ECMC decided that they can no longer take the pressure from above, from the people above them, and it probably has nothing to do with ECMC at all.»
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«I’m really grateful and blessed to have worked with the people I’ve worked with at ECMC over the past two years…I’m not naive. I understand where they are on the political spectrum, where New York is.» on the political spectrum. Am I okay with a lot of that? No I’m not. I’m sorry, but I’m not… I say the quiet part out loud a lot and some of you don’t like that. My mistake. I still went and put my ego aside and went to help those who needed help or needed a laugh.»
Susan Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for the ECMC Foundation, told the Buffalo News that the organization was the beneficiary of the event and not the sponsor.
«The ECMC Foundation was fortunate to be a beneficiary of Jordan Poyer’s golf tournament in Florida,» González told the outlet. «Although the Foundation was not a sponsor, we have had a great partnership with Jordan and respect his decision to cancel his tournament and we hope he will consider supporting us at his future events.»
Additionally, Poyer called for unity among Americans.
“I believe in the universal law that the energy you put out is the energy you get back, and we’re not doing that right now,” he said. «All we do is fight each other all day. Fight each other about politics, religion, race. The issues that come up are the issues that we create… It amazes me that we sit here in America today with these issues.»
Poyer’s teammates Gabe Davis, Josh Allen and Reid Ferguson all expressed their support for him in the comments section.
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Poyer has been with the Bills since 2017. He signed a two-year extension with Buffalo in the offseason. He was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2021 and a Pro Bowler in 2022. Last season, he had 63 tackles and four interceptions.