UPDATE: Elkington says PGA Tour made him take down Sam tweet
Feb 25, 2014 at 12:55p ET
UPDATE: Former PGA Championship winner Steve Elkington was visited by the PGA Tour social media police Tuesday. The 10-time Tour winner raised some eyebrows earlier in the day after he tweeted an apparent gay joke that was directed at NFL draft prospect Michael Sam.
The joke badly backfired, and soon afterward, the tweet disappeared. However, after deleting the tweet, Elkington told Yahoo Sports’ Shane Bacon the "tour asked me to."
The PGA Tour later released a statement: “Under our regulations, conduct unbecoming a professional includes public commentary that is clearly inappropriate or offensive. With respect to this matter, and consistent with our longstanding policy, we do not comment on player disciplinary matters.”
It's hard not to expect some people on Twitter to make stupid comments about Missouri linebacker Michael Sam, who recently revealed that he was gay.
You would think, however, that a professional athlete with managers and agents and publicists, would know better than to send out homophobic tweets.
That was not the case today for golfer Steve Elkington, who felt compelled to share this tweet with the world.
It seems Elkington is thinking about Sam a lot these days.
Elkington ended up deleting the latest tweet about Sam hours after it was posted and then poured gasoline on the fire by offering this explanation.