*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
Richie Incognito (L) and Jonathan Martin
*NFL investigator Ted Wells’ report on the Miami Dolphins’ bullying scandal concluded that Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey engaged in a pattern of harassment directed at not only Jonathan Martin, but also another young Dolphins offensive lineman and an assistant trainer.
Wells was retained by commissioner Roger Goodell on Nov. 6 to examine the club’s workplace environment. His findings were released Friday, reports ESPN.
“The Report finds that the assistant trainer repeatedly was the object of racial slurs and other racially derogatory language; that the other offensive lineman was subjected to homophobic name-calling and improper physical touching; and that Martin was taunted on a persistent basis with sexually explicit remarks about his sister and his mother and at times ridiculed with racial insults and other offensive comments,” Wells said in a press release.
*She wasn’t a favorite at all!
Sherri Shepherd says she was attacked by the viewers when she first joined “The View” — the hit daytime talk show.
But it did take the host a while to get comfortable in her role. Perhaps, three years into it.
*The suspension is over.
A&E just announced that it has reversed its decision to put “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson on an indefinite hiatus from the show for his remarks about gays.
In a statement Friday, A&E said it decided to bring Robertson back after discussions with the Robertson family and “numerous advocacy groups.”
Phil Robertson (center), patriarch of the Duck Dynasty family, leaves church in Louisiana with his family in West Monroe, La (Dec. 22, 2013)
*Phil Robertson, the patriarch of A&E reality show “Duck Dynasty” who ignited a national controversy this week with remarks he made about homosexuality to GQ, vowed he would not “give or back off” as he joined his family at church in West Monroe, La.
MailOnline reported Sunday that Robertson allowed one of its reporters into a Bible study class he led at the White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ.
“I love all men and women” Robertson said, according to the website. “I am a lover of humanity, not a hater.” When a member of the class thanked Robertson for saying what he said in the interview, he appeared to shrug it off, saying “I didn’t think much of it at all, but it seems a lot of other people did.”