Gary Player seems to have an issue on his hands… and it has nothing to do with golf.
You know what they say, you can’t pick your family.
After his son, Wayne, made headlines at the 2021 Masters hijacking a moment meant to honor Lee Elder to market golf balls and subsequently getting a ban from the powers-that-be at Augusta, Player’s other son, Marc, is now apparently stealing his merchandise and selling it on the internet.
Player put out a statement on his official Twitter account addressing the controversy.
“I would like to draw the public’s attention to the fact that several trophies and other pieces of memorabilia that form part of my legacy have been put up for auction by my son and ex-manager, Marc,” Player tweeted. “These items belong to me, and I have taken action to recover them. I have placed no items for sale-whether by auction or otherwise.”
A statement on the unauthorized sale of Gary Player trophies & memorabilia. pic.twitter.com/2tilBplJOL
— GARY PLAYER (@garyplayer) August 8, 2022
He also mentions any inquiries or questions about this matter can be directed to James Throssell.
This isn’t the first dispute between Player and his son, Marc.
Back in 2020, the nine-time major champion won a settlement in court against Marc. The elder Player got $5 million and the rights to his name and likeness back from a company operated by Marc in a Florida lawsuit.
Watching this unfold will be interesting, as this is something that involves theft and law enforcement.
Player is one of the greatest golfers to ever play the game, accumulating 24 PGA Tour wins, nine major tournament wins and holds the golf “Grand Slam”, winning all four major championships.