It somehow got lost in his delivery.
Elkington decided to rip ESPN for its coverage of Sam’s sexual orientation during the NFL scouting combine. He originally tweeted “ESPN covering Michael Sam as a gay athlete is embarrassing …..” and followed those thoughts by saying “ESPN reporting Michael Sam is leading the handbag throw at NFL combine…. No one else expected to throw today.”
What happened next?
Elkington deleted both tweets.
Instead of letting it go, Elkington tried to clean up his random thoughts with this tweet (political correctness be damned):
Oriental? Mr. Elkington, feel free to add “Asian” to your vocabulary.
If Elkington’s goal was to say Sam should be judged as a football player, not his sexual orientation, that tweet is understandable. However, whenever someone in the public eye decides to get cute while discussing a controversial topic, it often leads to trouble. When that person follows up those thoughts by labeling someone 'oriental', it makes you wonder why that person is talking about a subject that does not affect him.
Maybe Elkington should stick to golf.
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