MLB pitcher apologizes for racist, homophobic tweets
A pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers apologized for racist, sexist and homophobic tweets from his protected account that went viral while he was playing in Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star Game.
in a post-game press conference following Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game after offensive messages on his Twitter account resurfaced during the game.
Josh Hader said during a post-game press conference that he was ready to face the consequences after years-old tweets resurfaced while he was on the mound.
“White power lol,” read one tweet from Hader’s protected account.
Red Sox frantically trying to acquire him pic.twitter.com/B5mS2VY7TF
— Kim Jawn PHL (@FanSince09) July 18, 2018
“I hate gay people,” read another tweet.
The tweets went viral during the game when Hader made an appearance during the eighth inning before giving up three runs. He told reporters after the game that he was unaware of the controversy until the game was over.
“There’s no excuse for what was said,” Hader told reporters, according to the New York Post. “I’m deeply sorry for what I said and what’s been going on. It doesn’t reflect any of my beliefs now.”
“I’m ready for any consequences for what happened seven years ago,” he added.
During the press conference, Hader repeatedly mentioned his status as a high school student in 2011 and 2012 when asked by reporters whether those views reflect his current political leanings.
“I was in high school,” he said. “We’re still learning who we are. I was in high school. You live and you learn. This mistake won’t happen again.”
Hader was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2012, the same year some of the tweets were posted. The Brewers acquired him in a trade two years later.
MLB rules state that athletes cannot be punished with league penalties for comments made before joining, but the MLB could require him to undergo sensitivity training, according to news reports.
The Hill has removed its comment section, as there are many other forums for readers to participate in the conversation. We invite you to join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.