Homophobic slur aftermath a ‘distraction’ on target
A pall hung over Justin Thomas as he performed the ultimate spherical of the PGA Tour’s Event of Champions Sunday in Kapalua, Hawaii, in the future after he uttered a homophobic slur on the course.
The 27-year-old, a former world No. 1, mentioned “f—-t” after lacking a putt within the third spherical, a second caught by a broadcast microphone. He apologized later Saturday, saying there was “no excuse,” and on Sunday mentioned the incident was a “distraction” as he completed the event.
“Golf wasn’t the primary factor on my thoughts. Normally being 4 again going into Sunday I’m desirous about one factor and one factor solely and that’s making an attempt to win the golf event,” Thomas mentioned on Golf Channel. “Clearly had a number of different issues on my thoughts final night time. I imply, I apologized yesterday. I don’t want to elucidate myself. I clearly screwed up. I made a horrible, horrible judgment name.
“However I assumed rather a lot (Saturday) night time that, we develop rather a lot as individuals over time. I want that I may be taught to develop a unique approach than the way in which that I selected to do it, however sadly it’s prior to now and there’s nothing I can do about it now. It undoubtedly was a distraction on the market at the moment. However now I simply get to take time going ahead and attempt to develop into higher due to it.”
In a quick assertion to Golf Digest, the PGA Tour mentioned of the incident: “As he expressed after his spherical, we agree that Justin’s remark was unacceptable.”
Thomas, who completed the event in third place at 24-under, mentioned over the summer season he was against carrying a mic amid discussions about gamers carrying them rose from Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson’s charity match with Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
“I’d not put on a mic, no. That’s not me,” Thomas mentioned in July. “What I discuss with (caddie) Jimmy (Johnson) and what I discuss with the blokes in my group is none of anyone else’s enterprise, no offense. I imply, as shut as these mics are on the tees and the greens and as shut as I get to increase mics throughout competitors anyway, I principally really feel like I’m mic’d up.”
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