Steve Elkington Tweets Gay Slur About Michael Sam

Steve Elkington Tweets Gay Slur About Michael Sam

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Elkington Tops Monty at the 1995 PGA Championship After Ernie Els squandered a three-shot lead, Colin Montgomerie and Steve Elkington met in a playoff in the final major of the year. Already saddled with a reputation as the greatest player to never win a big one, Monty kept the title when Elk dropped a 25-footer on the first extra hole.
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elk 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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