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PGA Golfer Steve Elkington

Under Fire

For Homophobic Michael Sam Joke

2/25/2014 9:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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PGA golfer Steve Elkington is getting hammered on Twitter right now ... after making a joke about Michael Sam throwing a purse at the NFL combine.

The 51-year-old Australian -- who won the PGA championship in '95 -- wrote, "ESPN reporting Michael Sam is leading the handbag throw at NFL combine ... No one else expected to throw today."

Moments after the tweet, the backlash began ... with Steve's followers going off on the golfer. Here's a sample:

-- "You are TRYING TO MAKE SURE YOUR PUBLICIST keeps his job aren't you?? Good luck motherf*ker. See your apology at 11 on ESPN."

-- "BREAKING: Irrelevant golfer makes awful joke"

-- "Homophobia is hilarious (to a sh*tty old white dude)."

-- "let me get this straight - a golfer is making jokes about a football player's manliness?"

There's more ... but you get the point.

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34 COMMENTS

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1.

Davis    

I thought it was funny..people need to just relax.

189 days ago
2.

zombie    

As usual TMZ and the pearl clutching at a joke. I do not see the same frenzy when others joke about inappropriate things JUST the gay issue because it is a situation clise to Harvey's heart. Where is the disgust when their own WRITERS objectify and joke about women? Fvcking hypocrital losers!

189 days ago
3.

Nay    

Gay people can take a joke sometime, Im sure Michael Sam laughs at himself all the time. Everybody does. TMZ you dont have to make a big deal out of everything

189 days ago
4.

Yomama     

It's freedom of speech, if that even exists anymore.

189 days ago
5.

DirkDiggler    

If you are going to throw a gay joke out there, make sure it's funny, or at least, dirty.

189 days ago
6.

DRA1979    

I guess the golfer hasn't been living on this planet for the last decade. Everybody knows the only acceptable form of intolerance in America is anti-christian and anti-God. Its ok to make jokes about Tim Teabow praying or believing in God, but to suggest that a homosexual man might act feminine is way out of bounds and wrong.

189 days ago
7.

j    

Everyone's public life is open for a shot. His generation is what it is. Life is way to short. Sure Sams knew what he was getting ready to be and do. You can just tell the kids got a great sense of humor. Be nice to your enemies,nothing pisses them off more. Hope to see this young athlete smoking up the NFL grid iron shortly... Oh and Steve, I'm sure Michael speaks highly of you as well...

189 days ago
8.

Tax    

Steve who? Is this idiot trying to get his name into the news by making an ignorant unfunny joke! Hey Steve: go suck a dick you douche bag! You are probably good at it too!

189 days ago
9.

Vote2012    

Freedom of speech no longer exists in this country.....

189 days ago
10.

static    

I would get used to it you bunch of sissies it hasn't even started yet.

189 days ago
11.

royalredus    

The retorts are hilarious. "Irrelevant golfer" hehe

189 days ago
12.

gman23    

Elkington won a major professional championship, michael sam suckd dk at the combine, haha, might not even be drafted. So shut up u fkn fruits. Maybe steve finds a man getting butt fkd ass offensive as you find his jokes. Stfu f*gs. Nobody cares

189 days ago
13.

OG    

Damn. Gay people are so sensitive... it's a joke, P*SSIES!!!

189 days ago
14.

think101    

Sam got a lot of support from Athletes & friends that matter, he'll be fine.

189 days ago
15.

Saltine Crackas    

***gys always got their panties in a bunch, I guess you just can't mention them or your homophobic, if we suppose to treat then as equals that means joking cause we joke.

189 days ago
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