Steve Elkington, PGA Golfer, Rips ESPN for Michael Sam Gay Coverage
Former PGA champion and sometimes Palm Beach Gardens visitor Steve Elkington did that thing athletes and celebrities do and said some dumb things on his Twitter.
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Specifically, Elkington ripped ESPN's coverage of openly gay Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, calling the sports network's reportage "embarrassing" and attempting what was a pretty lame joke.
"ESPN reporting Michael Sam is leading the handbag throw at NFL combine," Elkington tweeted out. "No one else expected to throw today."
Get it? Because all The Gays carry purses like ladies do. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha.
His full original tweet (which has been deleted) read: "ESPN covering Michael Sam as a gay athlete is embarrassing... "
Elkington's defense seems to be that Sam is just an athlete and should only be covered as an athlete and not a gay athlete. He then tried to make an analogy of this theory by being offensive yet again, which we didn't think could be possible but, alas:
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
Elkington, who is Australian and played at the University of Houston, has since deleted the
"handbag" tweet as well, and then began to dig himself deeper into the proverbial hole by trying to explain himself.
@shanebacon I'm for Sam I'm against ESPN telling me he's gay....— Steve Elkington (@elkpga) February 25, 2014
For a guy who is so disgusted by ESPN covering Michael Sam's gayness, he sure is tweeting a lot about Michael Sam's gayness.
Still, it's not the first time Elkington, who has more than 60,000 twitter followers, has tweeted out inanely dumb and offensive shit.
Last year while playing in Southport, England, at the British Senior Open, Elkington tweeted out, "Things about Southport... fat tattooed guy, fat tattooed girl, trash, Pakistani robber guy, shit food."
He also added, "Couple caddies got rolled by some Pakkis, bad night for them."
In England, "Pakki" is a racial slur about people from Pakistan.
Both those tweets were eventually deleted.
Back in December, Elkington tweeted about a helicopter that crashed into a Glasgow pub that killed several people:
"Helicopter crashes into Scottish pub... locals report no beer was spilt."
A real delight, this guy.
For its part, the PGA released a statement about Elkington's latest tweets:
"Under our regulations, conduct unbecoming a professional includes public commentary that is clearly inappropriate or offensive. With respect to this matter, and consistent with our longstanding policy, we do not comment on player disciplinary matters."
We're not sure what the PGA is saying here, entirely. But if Twitter history is any indication, whatever disciplinary matters it's taken on Elkington in the past haven't been enough to knock the asshole out of him.