Bubba Watson, owner of one of the official General Lee cars from the late 1970s TV show “Dukes of Hazzard” has decided to paint over the Confederate flag that adorns the top of the widely recognizable vehicle.
The 3rd ranked golfer in the World, Watson tweeted his plans Thursday night about the car he bought at auction several years ago for $110,000. He wrote “All men ARE created equal, I believe that so I will be painting the American flag over the roof of the General Lee #USA”
Watson said after his round at The Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia that his decision “was the right gesture for me to do.” He also said the American flag sends a statement that everyone is “created equal.”
The Confederate flag controversy became national news after the June 17 shooting in which nine African-Americans were killed at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Photos of suspect Dylann Roof emerged with him and the Confederate flag.
Watson, a two-time Masters champion, won the Travelers Championship on Sunday and is competing this week at the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia.