Courtney wants Congress to honor Jack Nicklaus
Last week, the 2nd District U.S. representative cosponsored, along with 39 of his colleagues, a bill that would award a gold medal to golfer Jack Nicklaus "in recognition of his service to the Nation in promoting excellence and good sportsmanship in golf."
The bill, by the way, was sponsored by California's Joe Baca. To be fair to Nicklaus, known for some reason as "the golden bear," he is a great golfer.
Nicklaus, lest we forget, also famously said that there aren't so many black golfers because African Americans have "different muscles that react in different ways." He later apologized for the statement, having made it only shortly before Tiger Woods won the National Amateur Golf Tournament on August 28, 1994.
We are not saying that Nicklaus' outburst should prevent him from getting a gold medal from Congress. After all, Byron Nelson got one. But then, the question arises: Why should Congress be giving out medals to golfers at all?
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