Golfer Justin Thomas in November 2020 -

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A "terrible" and "inexcusable" statement.

That's how golfer Justin Thomas reacted after hurling a homophobic curse last week.

The world number 3 apologized the next day for his speech, recorded by a television.

But in a statement released Friday, the American brand Ralph Lauren announced that it had ended its partnership and believes that it cannot be associated with such behavior.

The 27-year-old American swore homophobic after a missed putt at the Hawaii Tournament of Champions counting towards the North American Tour (PGA), triggering an outcry on social media.

Words "contrary to the values" of the brand

"We believe in the dignity of all human beings, regardless of age, race, gender, ethnicity, political affiliation or sexual orientation," said Ralph Lauren, who said he was "discouraged by Mr. Thomas' recent comments, which are totally contrary to our values ​​”.

"While we recognize that he apologized and acknowledged the gravity of his words, he is a paid ambassador for the brand and his actions contradict the inclusive culture we strive to promote," the statement said.

Justin Thomas, who won the PGA Championship in 2017, finished third in the Hawaii tournament, which he won in 2020.


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