Justin Thomas will not have Ralph Lauren as a sponsor after a microphone picked up a muttered anti-gay slur from the golfer after he missed a putt on the Sentry Tournament of champions.
The firm introduced it was discontinuing its partnership with Thomas, at the moment ranked third on the planet, in a statement released Friday:
At the Ralph Lauren Corporation, we imagine within the dignity of all individuals, no matter age, race, gender id, ethnicity, political affiliation or sexual orientation. This is a part of our longstanding dedication to foster cultures of belonging – within the office and in communities all over the world.
We are disheartened by Mr. Thomas’s latest language, which is completely inconsistent with our values. While we acknowledge that he has apologized and acknowledges the severity of his phrases, he’s a paid ambassador of our model and his actions battle with the inclusive tradition that we attempt to uphold.
In reflecting on the accountability we’ve got to all of our stakeholders, we’ve got determined to discontinue our sponsorship of Mr. Thomas presently. As we make this choice, our hope is that Mr. Thomas does the exhausting and crucial work with a purpose to companion with us once more – really analyzing this incident, studying, rising and in the end utilizing his platform to advertise inclusion.
Thomas’ relationship with Ralph Lauren dates again to when he turned professional in 2013. In 2018, he signed an extension with the corporate by 2021.
Justin Thomas apologized for slur, admitted it was ‘distraction’
The slur in query occurred through the third spherical of the Tournament of Champions, when Thomas missed a brief par putt on the fourth gap. As he stepped to faucet within the ball, Golf Channel microphones picked up Thomas saying the slur underneath his breath. It could be seen here, with an apparent NSFW warning.
The 27-year-old Thomas mentioned the slur whereas sporting an RLX polo from Ralph Lauren.
After the spherical, Thomas publicly apologized:
“It’s inexcusable,” Thomas mentioned. “First off, I just apologize. 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. It’s terrible.
“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, the defending champion of the occasion, finally completed third within the event, one stroke behind Harris English and Joaquin Niemann at 24-under (English defeated Niemann in a playoff). Per the New York Post, Thomas admitted the scenario was a “distraction” after the event ended, saying “Golf wasn’t the main thing on my mind.”
The PGA Tour has already released a statement calling Thomas’ language “unacceptable,” however it’s unknown if it is going to levy a positive or different self-discipline in opposition to him. It’s additionally unclear if any of Thomas’ different sponsors — Titleist, FootJoy, Citi, NetJets, Woodford Reserve, Beats by Dr. Dre, Troon according to his site — are pulling their help as properly.
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