Jack Burkman apparently has some company.
PGA tour golfer Steve Elkington has chimed in on the Michael Sam situation on Twitter. Or maybe Elkington’s Twitter account was hacked. Or maybe his brain was.
Initially, Elkington blurted out on Twitter that “ESPN covering Michael Sam as a gay athlete is embarrassing.” Some could have viewed Elkington’s tweet as an argument that Sam’s sexuality shouldn’t matter, and that even as the first openly-gay incoming NFL player, the media shouldn’t focus on an athlete’s sexual orientation, since it’s such a personal topic. Others could have viewed Elkington as a mere bigot.
His follow-up tweet suggests the latter.
“ESPN reporting Michael Sam is leading the handbag throw at NFL combine,” Elkington tweeted. “No one else expected to throw today.”
Steve, Archie Bunker called. He said you should tone it down a little.Elkington has since tried to clean up the mess, explaining on Twitter “I’m for Sam I’m against ESPN telling me he’s gay.” Elkington still hasn’t elaborated on or explained the reasons for his disagreement with ESPN pointing out that Michael Sam is the first openly-gay incoming NFL player.
The “handbag” remark suggests that Elkington falls into the “think about the kids” camp, which seems to believe that the mere mention of the existence of homosexuality operates as a giant recruiting poster. Regardless, Elkington has opened the door to be labeled as out-of-touch, homophobic, and/or the real embarrassment.