Paige Spiranac slams Justin Thomas’ intolerable homophobic slur over missed putt
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Former professional golfer Paige Spiranac has slammed Justin Thomas after the American used a homophobic slur.
Thomas uttered the highly-offensive word ‘f*****t’ after missing a putt at the Tournament of Champions, with Spiranac saying the slur should ‘never be tolerated’.
His foul language was picked up by microphones on the course on Saturday night, with the world No.3 golfer subsequently apologising for his use of the word, admitting he was ‘embarrassed’ by his actions.
Spiranac, who is now a social media personality after her retirement, condemned Thomas, although she did say he ‘should not be cancelled’.
The 27-year-old revealed her views when commenting on golf fans’ tweets following Thomas’ comment.
One fan tweeted: “You want hot mics this is what you get. Raw emotion. Doesn’t mean he’s a bad guy. Don’t watch if you get triggered by everything.”
Spiranac disagreed with the fan, replying: “You can give raw emotion without being racist or homophobic. There are certain words that should not be said or tolerated.
“He should not be cancelled and I’m glad he apologised. But no one should ever defend the word he used.”
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Spiranac also decided to comment when another social media user, Alex Rorizzo, wrote: “He said a bad word directed at nobody in a heated moment.
“He shouldn’t have said it, but trying to draw conclusions on who he is as a person is nuts. If someone is that deeply offended by this, that’s an issue in itself.”
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Rorizzio’s comment drew criticism from Spiranac, who replied: “As a straight man you have no right to say it’s not offensive.
“No one is trying to cancel him but that word is offensive and should NEVER be used. End of discussion.”
The PGA Tour also slammed Thomas’ use of the slur as “unacceptable” in a statement, with ESPN reporting that he is likely to be fined by the Tour for his conduct.
- Paige Spiranac
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