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Golfer Scott Piercy ‘apologizes’ for homophobic post about Pete Buttigieg

Scott Piercy posted an apology of a sort to Instagram and promised to “do better” after gramming an anti-gay slur and a reference to a right-wing conspiracy theory.

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Scott Piercy plays his shot from the ninth tee during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links on February 09, 2020 in Pebble Beach, Calif.
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One day after sharing a homophobic meme about openly gay former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg withdrawing from the 2020 race for the White House, golfer Scott Piercy posted what passed for an apology to his Instagram story.

As Golf World first reported, Piercy’s post on Monday contained an anti-gay slur that highlighted Buttigieg’s sexuality as a gay man, following the former Indiana mayor’s announcement that he was ending his campaign for the Democratic nomination: “Peter pulls out early from behind.”

But that’s not all. Piercy’s post also contained a far-right conspiracy theory from QAnon, involving a secret plot by the so-called “deep state” against President Trump and his supporters.

This meme was shared on Instagram by Scott Piercy Monday.
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The FBI has determined QAnon to be a potential source of domestic terrorism.

“We were made aware of Scott’s post and are disappointed in the lack of judgement used,” the PGA Tour told Golf Digest. No mention was made as to whether Piercy violated the Tour’s “conduct unbecoming of a professional” mandate.

As GolfChannel.com reported, the four-time PGA Tour winner is playing in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla. A reporter from the site approached him for comment but Piercy declined.

Instead, on Tuesday, he posted a kinda sorta apology to his Instagram story, writing: “Whenever i post my intent is NEVER to offend. I want to apologize if any of my recents story posts have been offensive,” and concluded, “I will do better!”

Note Piercy’s use of the word “if.”

Scott Piercy posted this apology to his Instagram story Tuesday.
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The Las Vegas native has made 298 careers starts on the PGA Tour, notched four wins and earned more than $20 million.

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