Bills S Jordan Poyer cancels charity golf event due to backlash over Donald Trump course location

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Jordan Poyer was going to hold his charity event at former President Donald Trump’s South Florida course next month. (AP/Rick Osentoski)

Buffalo Bills safety Jordan Poyer canceled his annual charity golf event on Saturday, he announced on Instagram, after several teams and sponsors pulled out of the event.

The reasoning for this sudden problem, he said, was due to the location of the event.

Poyer’s charity event was scheduled to take place next month at the Trump National Doral Golf Club in South Florida, which is owned by former President Donald Trump.

“Unfortunately the location of the event resulted in a few sponsors and golfers pulling out at the last minute due to outside pressure,” Poyer wrote on Instagram. “Although it’s disappointing, I respect their decision. Nevertheless, we will persevere.

It is not known how many sponsors or teams actually withdrew from the tournament.

The event, according to the Buffalo News, was to benefit the ECMC Foundation. Poyer described them as a “big sponsor”, but the band said they were just the beneficiaries of the event.

“The ECMC Foundation was fortunate to benefit from the Jordan Poyer Golf Tournament in Florida,” wrote Susan Gonzalez, executive director of the EMC Foundation, in a letter to the Buffalo News. “Although the Foundation was not a sponsor, we had a great partnership with Jordan and we respect his decision to cancel his tournament; we hope he will consider supporting us in his future events.”

This isn’t the first time Trump has lost golf events at his courses. The PGA of America severed ties with Trump and moved the 2022 PGA Championship away from its course in Bedminster, New Jersey, after the uprising at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. The R&A said earlier this month that he would not host a British Open at Trump’s Turnberry Golf Resort in Scotland when he also owns it, something he has long sought. Turnberry last hosted the British Open in 2009, about five years before Trump bought the course. Trump’s courses have hosted several LIV golf events.

Poyer had 63 tackles and four interceptions in 12 games with the Bills last season, his 10th in the league. The 32-year-old signed a new two-year, $12.5 million contract with the team earlier this offseason.

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