PGA golfer Justin Thomas used a homophobic slur after missing a put at the 2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions event. Video of Thomas went viral and he later issued an apology. His rhetoric was condemned by the PGA and it is believed he may be fined for it.
Justin Thomas Homophobic Slur Video Goes Viral
Thomas Used Slur At Sentry Tournament Of Champions. “The PGA Tour star called himself a homophobic slur Saturday during the third round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii. Thomas uttered the slur on the fourth hole after missing a 4-foot putt for par, and he was caught on a Golf Channel microphone.” [NY Post]
PGA: Slur Is Unacceptable. “It was reported by ESPN that Thomas is likely to be issued with a fine due to his transgression by the PGA Tour, who also released a statement in which they were fiercely critical of Thomas’ actions. “As he expressed after his round, we agree that Justin’s comment was unacceptable,” they said.” [RT]
Video: Justin Thomas Slur
Big fan, not a great look.
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Thomas Apologizes For Slur Caught On Video
Thomas Said He Apologizes For Using The Slur. “”There’s no excuse,” Thomas told the Golf Channel in an on-air apology immediately after his round at the Kapalua Plantation Golf Course. “I’m an adult. I’m a grown man. There’s absolutely no reason for me to say anything like that. “It’s terrible. I’m extremely embarrassed. It’s not the kind of person that I am … But unfortunately I did it and I have to own up to it and I’m very apologetic. “I deeply apologize to everybody and anybody who I offended and I’ll be better because of it,” added Thomas.” [CNN]
Video: Justin Thomas Apology
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USA Today: Apology Isn’t Enough. “But now it’s time for Thomas to take action and perform outreach to bring increased inclusivity to golf, a sport that already has a reputation for being exclusive, both financially and culturally. To truly make amends, Thomas needs to take action. An apology isn’t enough.” [USA Today]