On Saturday, a broadcast microphone picked up Justin Thomas’ use of an anti-gay slur. This happened in the third round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Thomas missed a 5-foot look at par on the fourth hole. He was aiming for a position near the top of the leaderboard when the remark slipped out and got recorded.
According to AP he acknowledged that his remark was “inexcusable.” He apologized for it and said that he was embarrassed and the comment did not reflect the kind of person he was and unfortunately, he made such a remark. He owned up to his mistake and said that he was “very apologetic.”
The PGA Tour acknowledged that Thomas’ comment on Saturday crossed a line. It released a statement to the Golf Digest: “As he expressed after his round, we agree that Justin’s comment was unacceptable.”
Thomas has been known for his fiery comments and a broadcast microphone has picked up his strong reactions many a times when he has missed a shot in the past. This time the comment became a slur against a community and crossed a line.
Thomas also said that he had a lot of other things on his mind and that he made a terrible judgement call and there was nothing he could do about the past except that in future he could “try to become better because of it.”