Steve Elkington

Steve Elkington

*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

Former Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam runs the 40-yard dash during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 24, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana

Former Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam runs the 40-yard dash during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 24, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana

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