Posted March 04, 2014

Steve Elkington Tweets Gay Slur About Michael Sam

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Steve Elkington tees off in the 2009 PGA Championship. (Fred Vuich/SI)

Champions Tour golfer Steve Elkington is in a familiar spot, defending himself after posting an offensive comment on Twitter.

On Tuesday, he was struck by ESPN’s coverage of Michael Sam, the draft prospect attempting to become the first openly gay player in the NFL, and tweeted: “ESPN reporting Michael Sam is leading the handbag throw at NFL combine…No one else expected to throw today.”

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After criticism on Twitter, Elkington said he meant to criticize ESPN’s coverage, not Sam.

Elkington, who won the 1995 PGA Championship, has used Twitter to make jokes about fatal helicopter crashes and racist comments during last year’s Senior British Open at Royal Birkdale.

UPDATE: Elkington has since deleted his initial tweets and posted the following “explanation.”

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86 comments
ChadCollins9
ChadCollins9

Ridiculous.  Obama just needs to make a new law that everyone has to be gay.  Apparently its now cool, everyone loves it, everyone supports disease and aids so lets just all be gay.  This country is a complete joke

nutz4golf
nutz4golf

I'm right-handed.

There, now everyone knows!

hubrob107
hubrob107

dude, do you realize oriental doesn't describe people, it is used to describe non living items...it is a tremendous insult to asians...this guy is a moron.

Nospin
Nospin

elk has a way of stepping in it...but this time he was spot on and you all missed the point...plus, I think there is some intellectual dishonesty on the part of golf.com in regard to the headline. when you all learn to read and how to take a joke...he was criticizing the MEDIA not the player.

Lew Tomeno
Lew Tomeno

Its called comedy people. Lighten up we should be able to joke about anything. Relax.

ezwriter69
ezwriter69

You're for Sam, and you indicate that by saying he's throwing his purse? Bullbleep... I totally agree with his point on ESPN, but this guy's history and his words prove him just a flat out liar about being for Sam. He's entitled to his opinion, but I'd have WAY more respect if he'd just stood by his guns, literally. Weak to pretend he didn't mean it, just bleeping weak as bleep. 

flfantasymaker
flfantasymaker

It is only free speech if the liberal media agrees with it.

TheSconnieNation
TheSconnieNation

A golfer questioning a football player's manhood?  Now that's funny.

opaque13
opaque13

Without alcohol, his Twitter account wouldn't exist. 

lars1459
lars1459

Golfer are not exactly Einsteins.  The most they have to do is add to about 70.  Any # higher than that and they are unemployed golfers.....

tommyrogo
tommyrogo

Another good reason Twitter for athletes needs a breathalyzer attached to the send button.  Until they figure out how to attach a Stupidalyzer.

smarc78
smarc78

i like it - there is no oriental spectator and there is no hmm athlete - just an athlete... kinda feel like handicapped minority for being STRAIGHT

kelprod1
kelprod1

Pro golfers need to just stop tweeting...it eventually ends up bad.

kriigal
kriigal

Some must have a fundamental misunderstanding on how twitter works.

Brian Williams
Brian Williams

How much golf have you played with him? How many players have you interviewed? Michael Sam isn't even a golfer. I think your overreacting a tad. But in all reality, your just exemplifying what our nation has become.

Brian Williams
Brian Williams

I thought the comment was witty and amusing. Does it mean I'm a Homophobe, according to social media probably so, according to the people that actually know me? Probably not.

Redskins
Redskins

"Slur" surely you mean joke!


Tasteless or not, Elkington is free to tweet his sense of humor!


Climb down off your Liberal PC horse Coleman!

The Computer Store Owner
The Computer Store Owner

I'm getting tired of the PC police.  It's not that hateful of a slur.  You got the President of the United States throwing out slurs that bad in public in speeches.  I've heard him refer to the Tea Party members in negative terms on several occasions.  He calls them "teabaggers"--said in a demeaning tone of voice.  If Obama can speak "without class" and there is no media uproar, then leave Steve Elkington alone.

Dennis Boegel
Dennis Boegel

Most Stupid Mate in Golf - Even his Shark pal wouldn't say rubbish like that anywhere!

Ericfollowedbyanumber
Ericfollowedbyanumber

The first tweet would carry more weight if we weren't always shown the hot wife/girlfriend of the winning player waiting by the 18th green. Yet no one ever complains about covering a golfer as a straight athlete.

Steven Hill
Steven Hill

Golf magazine slamming Steve Eklington ? Must not be selling many magazines. Has to jump into the gay fray to become relevant ? Bizarre. Go back to reporting golf and let others lead their lives. Just ridiculous

Russell Gibson
Russell Gibson

1st ammendment is great. True. But there is a time and place for everything. And what happens when the comment is about you and YOUR offended? Will you still bark 1st ammendment? It's about how much CLASS you have. Cause your mother is right. If you don't have anything nice to say you should probably keep your mouth shut. But then again. As I grow older I have noticed that very few have any class......very few. Smh.

ianforbes
ianforbes

What a d-bag. Hey Steve, ESPN covering your mum as being a tramp is embarrassing. Uhhh...you know what I meant...

Frank Castillo
Frank Castillo

Who is Steve Elkington? Has he won a tourney lately!! He is about to get his a$$ kicked by Sam. #noclass

Dick.Gozinya
Dick.Gozinya

What a DUMB A$$ thing to say but it is coming out of the mouth of a DUMB A$$.  I hope the PGA does take some measure against this jerk...he's not even an AMERICAN

Kevin Henn
Kevin Henn

I've never had much luck tweeting when I'm out on the course, personally. To your point though, when did anyone say anything about what Steve (or anyone else) can or can't say?

JackHoff
JackHoff

Golf isn't a sport it's a hobby

Bill Wade
Bill Wade

U can't fix stupid Wish his mind was as smooth as his swing

John Swartz
John Swartz

Have some copassion Steve or should we start picking your golf game apart, oh wait you don't have one!!!!

Scramble
Scramble

He's a golfer, who listens to them anyway.

Bobby Kerr
Bobby Kerr

That was funny. Plus if that's the worst Michael Sam gets he will be just fine.

Kevin Henn
Kevin Henn

Steve can say what he wants, just like anyone else can say whatever they want about Steve. 1st amendment is a great thing, and it's not a 1 way street. Something tells me Steve probably wouldn't have said this to Sam's face....such is the way with Twitter I suppose.

Michael Louro
Michael Louro

"It'll be the shirts, versus the blouses" - CHARLIE MURPHAAAYYYYY !!!!!

zzcraigzz
zzcraigzz

@hubrob107 His Sam tweet was off base. But his "oriental" tweet is saying the same thing as you. Not sure how you don't get that?

ChadCollins9
ChadCollins9

not gays, you HAVE TO agree with ANY and EVERY thing they do or say

ChadCollins9
ChadCollins9

dont you love the new society we will live in?  "Homphobic" is the new cool, popular term.  Have you EVER met anyone that is scared to death of someone gay?  Its nothing but a propoganda term.  I oppose rape, I am rapeophobic

Redskins
Redskins

No, it's about Elkingtons right to be classless if he so desires and your mother never had Twitter!

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