Golfer Justin Thomas apologizes after homophobic slur captured on show


Justin Thomas of the United States reacts on the 18th green during the third round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii on January 9, 2021. Thomas has apologized for using a homophobic slur during the tournament.

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Justin Thomas has apologized following Saturday’s third round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii after being overheard utter a homophobic slur on the TV show.

A microphone picked up the insult, which Thomas addressed to himself after missing a short putt by at No.4.

He apologized in an interview with Golf Channel after his round.

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“There is no excuse. I am an adult. I’m a grown man, ”said Thomas, ranked No. 3 in the world. “There is absolutely no reason for me to say something like that. This is terrible. I am extremely embarrassed. It’s not who I am. This is not the kind of person that I am. But unfortunately I did and I have to admit it and I am very sorry.

“Like I said, it’s excusable. I am speechless. It’s bad. There is no other way to tell. I need to do better. I need to be better. It is definitely a learning experience. I deeply apologize to everyone I have offended and I will be better for it.

The PGA Tour also weighed in on the incident, saying, “As he expressed after his tour, we agree that Justin’s comment was unacceptable.

Thomas, who shot 5-under-68 on Saturday and is 17-under for the tournament, enters Sunday’s final round four-headed in fifth place. Thomas won the title at this event last season in the playoffs.


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