PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Former PGA champion Steve Elkington caused more outrage on Twitter when he made a disparaging remark about Missouri defensive end Michael Sam while trying to criticize media coverage that refers to him as gay.
Sam came out publicly two weeks ago. The NFL has never had an openly homosexual player. Sam worked out this week at the NFL combine in Indianapolis and is projected to be a mid- to late-round draft pick.
Elkington first tweeted that ESPN’s coverage of Sam was “embarrassing.” He followed with this tweet: “ESPN reporting Michael Sam is leading the handbag throw at NFL combine ... No one else expected to throw today.”
Elkington later deleted his tweet, and then tried to clarify his position. He posted a reply: “I’m for Sam I’m against ESPN telling me he’s gay....”
The PGA Tour suggested a fine was in order, though it has a policy of not announcing discipline.