Golf star Justin Thomas stripped of sponsorship millions after homophobic slur on course
Ralph Lauren, the American fashion house, has terminated its multi-million dollar sponsorship of Justin Thomas after the golfer used a homophobic slur during a tournament round. Thomas, the world No 3, was heard using a derogatory word towards himself after missing a par putt on the fourth hole at Kapalua, Hawaii, during the third round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions last weekend. The 27-year-old American later apologised for the remark and said there was “no excuse”. He added: “I’m an adult, I’m a grown man. There’s absolutely no reason for me to say anything like that. It’s terrible. I’m extremely embarrassed.” However, Ralph Lauren has now announced it is severing ties with the golfer. The clothing brand said in a statement: “We are disheartened by Mr Thomas’s recent language, which is entirely inconsistent with our values. “While we acknowledge that he has apologised and recognises 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. “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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