Justin Thomas is currently receiving backlash and fines from PGA after using a homophobic slur on the course.
Thomas is the No.3 golfer in the world currently. He was playing at a PGA Tour tournament in Hawaii on Saturday when his mic picked up him using an inappropriate homophobic term.
He says the slur right after missing a par putt during the Sentry Tournament of Champions’ third round.
Justin Thomas Issues Apology
Since then, Thomas has apologized for his actions. Immediately after the tournament he addressed his mistake on-air.
“There’s 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 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. I deeply apologize to everybody and anybody who I offended, and I’ll be better because of it,” Thomas said in an on-air apology with the Golf Channel.
He will likely receive a fine for his behavior. PGA also released a statement that said, “As he expressed after his round, we agree that Justin’s comment was unacceptable.”
Thomas in the Headlines
Thomas was once ranked No.1 in the world. He has won the PGA Championship, as well as 13 other PGA Tour events.
Thomas is presently tied for fifth and is four strokes behind third. Ryan Palmer and Harris English sit above him.
In August, the golfer was in the headlines after dropping an F-bomb when he missed a birdie putt during the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park. PGA takes profanity seriously, especially now that even more fans are listening to the hot mics at home.
Tiger Woods also does his fair share of cursing on the course. He racked up 15 FCC complaints between 2011 and 2015, CNN reports.