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Pro golfer backtracks after disparaging tweet about Michael Sam

The Amerian football star came out publicly recently.

Missouri defensive end Michael Sam speaks during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis.
Missouri defensive end Michael Sam speaks during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis.
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FORMER PGA CHAMPION Former PGA champion Steve Elkington caused more outrage on Twitter when he made a disparaging remark about Missouri defensive end Michael Sam while trying to criticise coverage of him.

Sam announced two weeks ago that he is gay. He worked out this week at the NFL combine in Indianapolis and is projected as a mid- to late-round pick in the draft.

Elkington first tweeted that ESPN’s coverage of Sam was embarrassing. He followed with this tweet: “ESPN reporting Michael Sam is leading the handbag throw at NFL combine … No one else expected to throw today.”

Elkington later deleted his tweet and said he supported Sam.

The PGA Tour said Tuesday in a statement that public commentary that is clearly inappropriate falls under its regulations of conduct unbecoming a professional.

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