1995 PGA Championship winner Steve Elkington got himself in a bit of hot water this weekend after he tweeted some racist remarks about Pakistani people between rounds of the Senior Open at Royal Birkdale. The tweets were evidently so inflammatory that Elkington had to be escorted to the course by the police.
Man, nothing goes together quite like elderly racists and an unfiltered medium for expressing your innermost thoughts instantly to millions of people.
The first tweet: “Things about Southport … fat tattooed guy, fat tattooed girl, trash, Pakistani robber guy, sh*t food.”
Which was followed by: “Couple caddies got rolled by some Pakkis, bad night for them.”
To be fair, those comments aren’t even the most racist things that have been said in the world of golf this year (see Sergio Garcia). But still, they don’t exactly scream racial sensitivity.
Elkington issued this apology soon after (via UK Yahoo! Sports):
In my tweet I was referring to an unfortunate incident involving a caddie earlier in the week. Being Australian, I was unaware that my use of language in relation to the Pakistani people would cause offense, but having been made aware I now deeply regret the use of that terminology.
Southport is a beautiful place and I have enjoyed playing at Royal Birkdale, as my positive content on Twitter has shown. My comments were born out of frustration over what had happened to a colleague.
I am prepared to adhere to any disciplinary action that the Championship sees fit.
The lesson as always, kids, is that you don’t have to be aware that the words you use are derogatory if you plead ignorance based on your nationality.
[Source: UK Yahoo! Sports]