American golfer Justin Thomas has apologized after using a homophobic slur during the third round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions on Saturday.
The incident happened on the fourth hole, after Thomas, the defending champion, missed a six-foot par putt. As the world No. 3 went to tap in the bogey, microphones picked up the slur, which the 26-year-old subsequently apologized for using.
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“There’s just no excuse,” Thomas said afterword. “I’m an adult. I’m a grown man. There’s absolutely no reason for me to say anything like that. It’s terrible. I’m extremely embarrassed. It’s not who I am. It’s not the kind of person that I am. But, unfortunately, I did it and I have to own up to it and I’m very apologetic.
“Like I said, it’s inexcusable. I’m speechless. It’s bad. There’s no other way to put it. I need to do better. I need to be better. It’s definitely a learning experience. I deeply apologize to anyone and everybody who I offended, and I’ll be better because of it.”
More to come.