Ralph Lauren drops Justin Thomas after anti-gay slander

Ralph Lauren drops Justin Thomas after anti-gay slander
Justin Thomas has lost one of his earliest pastors. (AP Photo / Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Justin Thomas has Ralph Lauren as a patron after the microphone I picked up an anti-gay mumble from the golfer After he missed his shot in the Sentry Championship.

The company announced that it will discontinue its partnership with Thomas, which is currently ranked third in the world Statement issued Friday:

At Ralph Lauren, we believe in the dignity of all people, regardless of age, race, gender identity, race, political affiliation or sexual orientation. This is part of our long-standing commitment to fostering cultures of belonging – in the workplace and in communities around the world.

We are disappointed by Mr. Thomas’s modern language, which is completely inconsistent with our values. While we admit that he has apologized and admitted the seriousness of his words, he is a driven ambassador for our brand and his actions conflict with the inclusive culture we strive to support.

Reflecting on the responsibility we bear to all of our stakeholders, we have decided to discontinue our sponsorship of Mr. Thomas at this time. As we make this decision, we hope that Mr. Thomas will do the hard and necessary work in order to partner with us again – really examining this incident, learning and growing, and finally using his platform to promote inclusion.

Thomas’ relationship with Ralph Lauren dates back to when he became a professional in 2013. In 2018, he signed an extension with the company until 2021.

Justin Thomas apologized for the slander, admitting it was a “distraction”

The strife in question occurred during the third round of the Champions League, when Thomas missed a short throw on the fourth hole. As he stepped to tap the ball, the golf canal microphones caught him saying salivating in his breath. Observable Here, With a clear warning from NSFW.

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The 27-year-old Thomas said the slander while wearing a Ralph Lauren RLX polo shirt.

After the tour, Thomas I publicly apologize:

Thomas said: “It is unforgivable.” “First, I just apologize. I mean, there’s no excuse. I’m an adult. I’m an adult man. There’s absolutely no reason for me to say anything like that. It’s horrible.”

“I am very embarrassed. It’s not who I am, not the type of person I am or anything I do, but, unfortunately, I did and I have to admit it and I deeply apologize.”

Thomas, the defending champion of the event, finished third in the tournament, with one stroke behind Harris English and Joaquin Nyman at age 24 (English defeated Neman in a playoff match). for every New York PostAfter the tournament, Thomas admitted that the situation was a “distraction”, saying, “It wasn’t golf the main thing on my mind.”

The PGA Tour really A statement was issued He described Thomas’ language as “unacceptable,” but it is not known whether he would be fined or any other regime. It’s also unclear if any of Thomas’ other sponsors – Titleist, FootJoy, Citi, NetJets, Woodford Reserve, and Beats by Dr. Dre, and Troon According to his location – They withdraw their support, too.

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