Golfer Steve Elkington apologizes after seemingly racist Twitter rant
Australian professional golfer Steve Elkington could be facing disciplinary action over a series of offensive tweets he sent out while playing in the Senior British Open in Southport, England over the weekend. According to The Telegraph, Elkington made racist comments on Twitter and bashed the town of Southport.
The tweets, which have since been deleted, included one outburst in which Elkington referenced a “Pakistani robber guy.” He was given a police escort for the start of the third round of the Senior British Open at Royal Birkdale. The matter is reportedly being reviewed by the European Senior Tour and the Champions Tour.
Elkington released a statement of apology before Saturday’s round.
“Being Australian, I was unaware that my use of language in relation to the Pakistani people would cause offence,” he said. “But having been made aware I now deeply regret the use of that terminology.
“Southport is a beautiful place and I have enjoyed playing at Royal Birkdale as my positive content on Twitter has shown. My comments were borne out of frustration over what had happened to a colleague.
The Telegraph also reported, via the Golf Channel, that Elkington claimed in one of his tweets that “a couple of caddies got rolled by some Pakis.” In addition, he also allegedly criticized Southport by making reference to a “fat tattooed guy, fat tattooed girl, trash, ice cream stored guy and s***t food.”
You would think everyone in the world of professional golf would have learned a lesson from Sergio Garcia’s recent comments about Tiger Woods, but it appears that is not the case. Perhaps giving up Twitter would be best for the 50-year-old Elkington.