Golfer Steve Elkington makes homophobic joke about Michael Sam

Steve-ElkingtonAustralian professional golfer Steve Elkington’s best days on the course are behind him, but he seems to think his wits are at their peak. The 51-year-old has become known for some of the off-color tweets he sends, so it was no surprise when he shared a controversial opinion about Michael Sam on Tuesday.

Elkington started off by calling it “embarrassing” that ESPN is covering Sam as a gay athlete.

Several hours later, he made a homophobic joke that even homophobes probably wouldn’t be proud of.

When Elkington’s followers began bashing him for being narrow-minded, he clarified that he supports Sam but does not support ESPN telling viewers that Sam is gay. As we know, it is fairly newsworthy that Sam could become the first openly gay player in the NFL this spring.

Sam himself recently stated that he wants to be known as a football player and not a gay football player. If that is the point Elkington was trying to make, he did a horrible job of conveying it. The handbag joke was incredibly immature.

Golfer Steve Elkington apologizes after seemingly racist Twitter rant

Steve-ElkingtonAustralian 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.