Golfer Justin Thomas apologized Saturday for using a homophobic slur after he missed a shot.
A microphone picked up Thomas utilizing the slur after he did not land a putt throughout the third spherical of the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.
“There’s absolutely no reason for me to say anything like that. It’s terrible,” Thomas instructed the Golf Channel after the sport. “There’s just no excuse.”
Thomas, who couldn’t be instantly reached Sunday, instructed the Golf Channel the feedback don’t replicate who he’s, stated he’s “very apologetic.”
“As he expressed after his round, we agree that Justin’s comment was unacceptable,” the PGA stated in a press release Sunday.
The Human Rights Campaign, nation’s largest LGBTQ rights group, condemned the slur. “This type of discriminatory language causes real harm, and there is no place for it in sports. We must continue to work for greater inclusion and acceptance,” the HRC’s president, Alphonso David, stated on Twitter.
Thomas, 27, is a former world No. 1 golf participant and has gained greater than ten PGA excursions.
Ben Kesslen is a reporter for NBC News.