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.”
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.”
It goes back to “a ball hit an oriental spectator”.There’s no oriental spectators..There just spectators..”like m Sam…He’s just an athlete
— Steve Elkington (@elkpga) February 25, 2014