Citibank “Considered Terminating” Relationship with Thomas Following Use of Homophobic Slur

The fallout from Justin Thomas’ use of a homophobic slur after missing a putt at the Tournament of Champions is continuing. 

On Monday, Citibank revealed that they nearly terminated the relationship with the 13-time PGA Tour winner, but decided against it.

“We considered terminating our relationship with him. It would send a clear and important message, but we decided to use this moment to work with Justin to try to create change,” wrote Citibank representative Carla Hassan in a blog post. 

Citi adds that going forward, Thomas will donate a portion of his 2021 sponsorship fee to LGBTQ+ organizations. 

“He will donate a meaningful portion of his Citi 2021 sponsorship fee to mutually agreed upon LGBTQ+ organizations. We will work with Justin, our internal Pride networks and LGBTQ+ organizations to develop an action plan to quickly move this effort forward,” writes Citi. 

This all comes after Thomas’ clothing sponsor, Ralph Lauren, dropped him two weeks ago. 

“If at any point we feel that Justin is not sincere in working toward this goal, we will end our relationship with him,” writes Citi. 

Thomas played last week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on the European Tour, but missed the cut. 

It was his first start since the incident. 

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