Justin Thomas, bad news after anti-gay slur

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Justin Thomas, bad news after anti-gay slur

Bad news for Justin Thomas. The Ralph Lauren Corporation announced to discontinue the sponsorship because of the anti-gay slur said during last Saturday's third round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions. The 27-year-old American golfer from Louisville, Kentucky was playing the third round when he missed an easy putt on the fourth hole.

His reaction was a homophobic expression intended as an insult to himself. It was picked up by microphones. "At the Ralph Lauren Corporation, we believe in the dignity of all people, regardless of age, race, gender identity, ethnicity, political affiliation or orientation.

This is part of our longstanding commitment to foster cultures of belonging – in the workplace and in communities around the world. We are disheartened by Mr. Thomas’s recent language, which is entirely inconsistent with our values.

While we acknowledge that he has apologized and recognizes the severity of his words, he is a paid ambassador of our brand and his actions conflict with the inclusive culture that we strive to uphold. In reflecting on the responsibility we have to all of our stakeholders, we have decided to discontinue our sponsorship of Mr.

Thomas at this time. As we make this decision, our hope is that Mr. Thomas does the hard and necessary work in order to partner with us again – truly examining this incident, learning, growing and ultimately using his platform to promote inclusion"

Justin Thomas, statement

"There’s just no excuse. 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 in excusable. 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"