Golfer makes tasteless Michael Sam joke
All eyes have been on Michael Sam at the combine, as the NFL’s first openly gay draft prospect attempts to prove himself to be (as he put it) Michael Sam, the football player, not just Michael Sam the gay football player.
The reaction to Sam’s decision to come out as gay has been largely positive, but he’s had his share of critics, as well. That group includes professional golfer Steve Elkington, who tweeted the following “joke” Tuesday morning.
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
This isn’t Elkington’s first ill-advised attempt at humor. Earlier this month he made a misogynistic comment on Twitter about a female golf writer (and then apologized, saying that he had “been drinking”); and before that, in late 2013, he made a light-hearted remark about a fatal helicopter crash in Glasgow.
The lesson here? Think before your tweet, Steve Elkington.