Golfer Elkington tweets about Sam

Published On: Feb 26 2014 10:37:10 AM EST
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Australian golfer Steve Elkington turned to Twitter on Tuesday to criticize ESPN for its coverage of gay defensive end Michael Sam.

Elkington, 51, began by tweeting "ESPN covering Michael Sam as a a gay athlete is embarrassing ... "

The 10-time PGA Tour winner continued, "ESPN reporting Michael Sam is leading the handbag throw at NFL combine ... No one else expected to throw today."

And then he posted, "I'm for Sam I'm against ESPN telling me he's gay ..."

It was not the first time that Elkington, who won the 1995 PGA Championship and now plays on the Champions Tour, has spoken out on Twitter. Last year, he made remarks of a racial nature on Twitter during the Senior British Open and also argued with golfer Ian Poulter.

Sam, who participated in the NFL Scouting Combine this weekend, could become the first openly gay player in the NFL.

"This is something that's new to the league," Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said at the Combine. "We all will have to adapt to it."

Sam told reporters at the Combine that he is prepared to face the obstacles in his path.

"I've been in locker rooms where all kinds of slurs have been said and I don't think anyone means it," he said. "I think a little naive and uneducated, but as time goes on everyone will adapt."

The former Missouri standout said he is encouraged by the reception he has received since his announcement.

"I mean, the positive outweighs the negative," Sam said. "I'm kind of surprised, actually. But there's a lot of supporters, a lot of people want this. There's just a lot of support out there."

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