Two more MLB players apologize after offensive tweets surface

Two more MLB players apologize after offensive tweets surface
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Two MLB players apologized over the weekend after revelations of a series of offensive and racially charged tweets from their past.

Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner and Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb on Sunday both issued apologies, becoming the latest professional athletes to face scrutiny from years-old tweets resurfacing. 


"I believe people who know me understand those regrettable actions do not reflect my values or who I am," Turner said in a statement issued by the Nationals, according to NBC News.

Turner, 25, made the statement after tweets from 2011 and 2012 in which Turner made homophobic and racially insensitive comments came to light. 

On tweet from 2011 reads, "Once u go black, ur gonna need a wheelchair." 

"I understand the hurtful nature of such language and am sorry to have brought any negative light to the Nationals organization, myself or the game I love," Turner said in his apology.

Newcomb, 25, also issued an apology Sunday for a string of tweets he posted in 2011 and 2012 when he was a senior in high school.

ESPN reported that one of Newcomb's past tweets included a racial epithet that was part of a rap song. Multiple others contained gay slurs, according to the ESPN report.

“I just wanted to apologize for any insensitive material,'' Newcomb said to reporters, according to ESPN. "It was a long time ago, six or seven years ago, saying some stupid stuff with friends.”

The Braves also issued a statement saying the organization has spoken with Newcomb.

The apologies from Newcomb and Turner come shortly after old insensitive tweets from Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader resurfaced as he pitched in the MLB All-Star game earlier this month. 

"White power lol," read one tweet from Hader's protected account. Hader also quickly apologized for his past comments.

“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.”

A day after the tweets emerged, MLB announced that it would require Hader to go through sensitivity training and participate in diversity and inclusion initiatives.