Bubba Watson won The Masters today — his second Masters victory in only six starts. That’s pretty amazing, and the fact that he owns a Dukes of Hazzard car is even greater yet. But not everyone was rooting for him. Some were actively rooting against him. And it really didn’t have anything to do with golf.
congratulations to the winner of this year’s masters, a guy who thinks gay people are wrong http://t.co/43v8Vrdaec
— Jon Bois (@jon_bois) April 13, 2014
Yes, Watson is on record saying that being gay is wrong, and a sin. Yet ESPN SportsCenter calls him “The people’s champion.” Hmm.
Congrats to the people's champion, Bubba Watson. Gerry Lester Watson Jr. is a 2-time major winner. pic.twitter.com/NHKmpiWVUA
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 13, 2014
Here’s the infamous, recent quote by Watson in The Christian Post that everyone cites:
“I’ve met Jason [Collins], said, ‘Hey,’ to him, because he used to play for the Suns when I had the Suns tickets. I respect anybody that’s gay … I’m not saying I’m better than others. I’m not saying he’s wrong. I’m saying I love him. If he called me right now and said, ‘Hey,’ or any person that was gay called me, I’d go to dinner with them any time. It’s just my belief system on the Bible says you can’t be gay. That’s a sin. So somebody living in sin I believe to be wrong.”
Interesting how “I’m not saying he’s wrong” lives in harmony in this paragraph with “So somebody living in sin I believe to be be wrong.” That’s a bigger odd couple than Felix Unger and Oscar Madison.
Bubba was also quick to tweet congratulations when Chris Broussard tweeted his opposition to Jason Collins when the latter came out.
But my question is this: why, when NFL or NBA players make a statement such as the one above, are they dragged over hot media coals … but when a golfer says it, hardly anyone notices? Is it:
A. Golf is not a sport.
B. It’s golf — you’re supposed to be ultra conservative.
C. Bloggers don’t attend golf matches — too much walking.
D. No one cares what anyone in golf says unless they are Tiger Woods.
I have a hunch that the answer is “D”, but I could be wrong. Anyway, just remember that not everyone was happy with this outcome.
And hates gay people. Huh. MT @awfulannouncing We now have a 2 time Masters champion who uses a pink driver.
— Peter Pietrangelo (@ppietrangelo) April 13, 2014
Bubba Watson, who says "being gay is a sin," will win at Augusta, where women were banned until 2 years ago http://t.co/TKOmj9VEEN
— Cyd Zeigler (@CydZeigler) April 13, 2014
Not only does Bubba Watson not like gay people, he also thinks Jason Collins is Jarron Collins http://t.co/tOv2QdV2L2
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) April 13, 2014
Can't support & cheer for anyone who thinks being gay is a sin. You may of won The Masters Bubba, but you're still a huge douchbag.
— Nils Linnenbrügger (@DocNaismith) April 13, 2014
— BornUnderPunches (@Under_Punches) April 13, 2014
Bubba? He'll respect and eat with you if you're gay, but he'll always think it's a sin, "because the Bible says so". http://t.co/RhVqmHHoPx
— Dave Phillips (@lovefutebol) April 13, 2014