Justin Thomas dropped by Ralph Lauren after muttering homophobic slur during tournament – Fox Business

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Justin Thomas’ hot-mic moment has hit him in the wallet.

Ralph Lauren Corp. said Friday it was dropping one of the best golfers after he was heard muttering a homophobic slur last weekend during a tournament in Hawaii. Ralph Lauren had been a sponsor of Thomas since he turned pro. He has been the No. 1 golfer in the world and won a major at 24.

“We believe in the dignity of all people, regardless of age, race, gender identity, ethnicity, political affiliation or sexual orientation,” the company said in a statement. “In reflecting on the responsibility we have to all of our stakeholders, we have decided to discontinue our sponsorship of Mr. Thomas at this time.

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“While we acknowledge that he has apologized and recognizes the severity of his words, he is a paid ambassador of our brand and his actions conflict with the inclusive culture that we strive to uphold.”

Thomas was heard muttering the f-word slur on the fourth hole after missing a chance at par and settling for a bogey during the third round of the Sentry Open.

« It’s inexcusable. I, first off, I just apologize, » he told reporters after the round. « I mean, 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. »

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Thomas added: « It’s terrible. I mean, I’m extremely embarrassed, it’s not who I am, it’s not the kind of person that I am or anything that I do, but it’s, unfortunately, I did it and I have to own up to it and I’m very apologetic. »

Thomas, one of the world’s top golfers on the PGA Tour, said he didn’t realize he said it until after the round.

« I’m speechless … I found out when I got done on the golf course or when I got done with my round. I mean, it’s bad. There’s no other way to put it, » he said.

« I need to do better, I need to be better, it’s definitely a learning experience, but, yeah, I just, I deeply apologize to everybody and anybody who I offended and I’ll be better because of it. »

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Ralph Lauren said it is hoping Thomas “does the hard and necessary work in order to partner with us again – truly examining this incident, learning, growing and ultimately using his platform to promote inclusion.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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