What did Justin Thomas say? Golfer apologizes for uttering homophobic slur after missing a short putt

Golfer Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas has apologized after using a homophobic slur during a golf tournament in Hawaii. Pic credit: Tengolf Television/YouTube

Justin Thomas, the world’s number three golfer, sparked widespread outrage after he was caught on microphone uttering a homophobic slur.

He uttered the word after he missed a short putt at an ongoing PGA Tour event in Hawaii.

Many people took to social media to slam Thomas for his behavior. Following the widespread backlash, the golfer apologized, saying that his behavior was “inexcusable.”

Word used by Justin Thomas is highly offensive

Thomas, 27, uttered the homophobic F-word — an offensive term used to refer to a gay man. He made the remark while upset after he missed an easy six-foot putt on hole four, during the third round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

The event took place on Saturday at Kapalua’s Plantation course in Hawaii.

As the ball rolled past the cup, a microphone picked him up muttering the slur. You can see the moment in the clip below:

Reactions on social media

Hundreds of golf fans, including members of the LGBTQ community, immediately took to Twitter to slam the golf player.

Many used the opportunity to voice their support for the LGBTQ community, saying that Thomas’s use of a homophobic slur highlights the social challenges that members of the gay community face.

However, some argued that the anger over the golfer’s language was much ado about nothing. They argued that it wasn’t unusual for golfers to curse after a disappointing shot.

But many Twitter users pushed back, saying that what Thomas uttered wasn’t a curse word but a slur.

Justin Thomas apologized for using the offensive F-word

Following the widespread backlash, Thomas apologized for his behavior.

He said he did not realize that he used the word in the heat of the moment, according to Golf Digest. He also said he did not realize that his words would be picked up by the microphones.

“It’s inexcusable. First off, I just apologize. 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,” he said (see video below). “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.”

This is not the first time that a golfer has come under fire for using the F-word.

Back in 2014, golfer Patrick Reed also sparked outrage after using the word at Shanghai’s WGC-HSBC Champions event.

The latest incident comes soon after Noah Cyrus was forced to apologize for describing the conservative activist Candace Owens as a “nappy a** heaux.”

Alia Shawkat also apologized after using the N-word during a 2016 interview.

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Jane Rino
Jane Rino
2 years ago

What word did he use? I am trying to imagine how you use “f**” or “f****t” after a missed putt. I feel people take swearing too literally. They are just shocking words to utter when upset. Not a big deal.

T.C. Jones
T.C. Jones
2 years ago

Ridiculous!! Things said on the spur of a moment, in anger or disappointment do not define one’s true person. I can tell you that as a golfer for most of my life, I’m sure I have muttered many things that I would not say loudly in public. Get over it!! There are more important things going on in our screwed up world today. Oops…did I say screwed…sorry!