UPDATED from 2:07 PM EST with something like clarification from Steve Elkington and additional information as Elkington deletes original Tweet(s) (which is why they no longer show up properly in this story).
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- When will people learn?
First, you're not that funny. Second, gay jokes are old. Third, the gay joke you made wasn't even a good one. And, fourth, when you say stupid stuff on Twitter (TWTR), people notice, it takes off and you end up another in a long line of apologizing fools. And if you refuse to apologize, you render yourself into the long line of ignorant fools who double as blissful buffoons.
ESPN reporting Michael Sam is leading the handbag throw at NFL combine.... No one else expected to throw todaySteve Elkington (@elkpga) February 25, 2014
But a scan of Steve Elkington's Twitter account reveals that, yeah, this isn't a one-off. Pardon my French, but he's, without doubt, a bit of a dumb ass.
ESPN covering Michael Sam as a gay athlete is embarrassing .....Steve Elkington (@elkpga) February 25, 2014
Things you won't hear in Russia... -see you at the Gay bar -this hotel is nice -let's shit together -girls are ugly hereSteve Elkington (@elkpga) February 15, 2014
Did Matt Lauer fall face first into an ash tray?Steve Elkington (@elkpga) February 14, 2014
The power of Twitter, baby. Buy, Buy, Buy!
And an update from "Elk" via Twitter:
@shanebacon I'm for Sam I'm against ESPN telling me he's gay....Steve Elkington (@elkpga) February 25, 2014
Fantastic. Elkington is "for Sam," which is odd given the "handbag throw" comment. Because outrage over ESPN covering the story for what it is triggered that idiocy. It all comes together now. The (il)logic of bigots never ceases to amaze.
And the fun continues ...
It goes back to "a ball hit an oriental spectator".There's no oriental spectators..There just spectators.."like m Sam...He's just an athleteSteve Elkington (@elkpga) February 25, 2014
Elkington deleted the original Tweet and provided this explanation.
Steve ... you refer to the people as Asians and the rugs as Orientals. Oh my.
--Written by Rocco Pendola in Santa Monica, Calif.