An overview of the Detroit Golf Clubs area 313, Holes 14, 15 and 16, to the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
Detroit Free Press
Wayne County Executive Warren Evans wrote in a Facebook post that his African American wife was treated disrespectfully because of her run by a member of the Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club.
The long-standing law enforcement officer, former Detroit Police Chief and Detroit Mayoral candidate and his wife Renata Evans described in the Facebook post an event of "overt racism" that took place Friday in the clubhouse.
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Renata Evans, who was properly credited for clubhouse access, said her ID was checked several times before being allowed to enter the clubhouse . 19659007] She was then interrupted during a conversation by an employee who demanded to see her ID while other white patrons went in without being asked to show credentials. She said she was the only African-American woman in the room at that time.
"I've never felt so disrespected, with the blatant racism in the clubhouse," said Renata Evans.
Warren Evans said his wife was being treated in a "behavior reserved for people of color" who convey suspicion.
"I have experienced this behavior all my life, the intent is crystal clear, and I have never rolled over it, and I do not want to now," Warren Evans said in the post.
The employee raised his voice and became defensive and aggressive when Warren Evans quietly pursued the conversation with him after the incident, Warren Evans said.
Neither believed the incident was handled correctly by the employee's superior.
"They protect the offender, apologize for him to get through the" situation, "and Mr. Disrespectful will continue to behave badly because his behavior is enhanced by the lack of credible actions," Warren Evans said. "This is my home and no one bidding on the city will make me accept this kind of behavior."
"Should we just accept this kind of behavior?" Renata Evans said. "I'm not."
Jason Langwell, CEO of the Rocket Mortgage Classic, said in a statement released on Saturday night that the offender was a security guard employed by the tournament security contractor and the individual is no longer affiliated with the tournament.
"We were very sorry to learn about Mr And Mrs Evan's bad experiences," Langwell said in the statement. "As soon as we heard about this situation, we worked with his employer to ensure that the guard no longer had any association with our tournament."
Facebook post, released Friday night, had gathered hundreds of reactions, comments and shares on Saturday night . Support messages are poured onto the social media platform.
"Horrible! Mr. Disrespectful should have been fired immediately," wrote a commentator.
The Initial Rocket Mortgage Classic is the first PGA Tour event in the city limits of Detroit and runs through Sunday. It is the first PGA tournament in Michigan since the 2009 Buick Open in Grand Blanc.
Editor's note: This story was updated around noon. Saturday to include a statement from the Rocket Mortgage Classic Director.
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