*Australian golfer Steve Elkington sparked outrage today with an offensive joke on Twitter about openly gay NFL prospect Michael Sam on Tuesday.
The 51-year-old, who won the 1995 PGA Championship, tweeted that Sam, a first-team All-American defensive lineman from Missouri, would be the only athlete competing in the “handbag throw” at the NFL Scouting Combine.
- ESPN reporting Michael Sam is leading the handbag throw at NFL combine…. No one else expected to throw today — Steve Elkington (@elkpga) February 25, 2014
As the backlash against him grew throughout the day, Elkington attempted to defend his comment to Shane Bacon of Yahoo! Sports.
- @shanebacon I’m for Sam I’m against ESPN telling me he’s gay…. 12:53 PM – 25 Feb 2014 — Steve Elkington