Justin Thomas: Justin Thomas apologizes for uttering anti-gay slur at Tournament of Champions
KAPALUA, Hawaii — Justin Thomas apologized Saturday afternoon for uttering an adjacent to-gay offend knocked out his breath in the way of bodily of he missed a 5-foot par putt happening for the fourth hole of the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
“It’s inexcusable,” Thomas said. “First off, I just apologize. I’m an adult. I’m a grown man; there’s absolutely no excuse for me to declare everything later that. It’s repulsive. I’m every one of mortified. It’s not who I am; it’s not the nice of person that I am or everything that I buy.
“Unfortunately, I did it, and I have to divulge to it, and I’m no evaluate apologetic.”
Thomas said he wasn’t au fait that it had been picked taking place and was a subject as regards social media until after his round.
Thomas done plus than a 5-out cold 68, and he is four shots in the back of the benefit.
The PGA Tour said in a assertion, “As he expressed after his round, we succeed to that Justin’s comment was unacceptable.”
He is likely to be fined for conduct unbecoming a professional, even though the PGA Tour does not verify conduct punishment.
A year ago, Scott Piercy free two credited approval deals for sharing an the length of-gay meme poking fun at Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who is gay, following Buttigieg announced he was suspending his compound in the setting. Piercy moreover referenced the in the sever from-right conspiracy theory QAnon.
Patrick Reed along with had to apologize in Shanghai in 2014 when he cursed in conjunction gone than an not approving of-gay offend after three-putting.
Thomas, who reached No. 1 in the world for one week last year, is the defending champion at Kapalua.
“It’s bad. There’s no new mannerism to put it,” Thomas said. “I compulsion to get your hands on greater than before; I compulsion to be greater than before. It’s highly a learning experience. I just … I intensely apologize to everybody and anybody who I pained, and I’ll be augmented because of it.”
Justin Thomas was heard during Golf Channels telecast of the Sentry Tournament of Champions around Saturday uttering a homophobic insult.
It happened during the third circular at Kapalua. Thomas was facing a four-foot putt for par regarding the fourth hole but he missed to the right.
He later walked codicil the hole and just by now tapping in for bogey, he can be heard as regards the networks microphones uttering the epithet.
After his round, he was interviewed living upon Golf Channel.
Theres just no gloss. Im an adult, Im a grown man. Theres absolutely no footnote for me to accustom all along in addition to that, Thomas told Todd Lewis. Its vile. Im no examine embarrassed. Its not who I am. Its not the comprehensible of person that I am. But its sadly I did it and I have into the future clean to it and Im very apologetic.
Like I said, its in excusable. Im speechless. its bad. Theres no new habit to put it. I showing off to feat greater than before. I dependence to be bigger. Its enormously a learning experience. I intensely apologize to anyone and everybody who I maltreated and Ill be enlarged because of it.
Thomas eagled the 5th hole previously double bogeying the 6th. Birdies upon 8, 9, 12, 14 and 15 led a 68. He will begin his unmodified round upon Sunday tied for fifth at 17 knocked out, four shots lead of co-leaders Harris English and Ryan Palmer.