Homophobic and racist tweets written by Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader flooded the internet on Tuesday night after Hader allowed a three-run home run to the Mariners' Jean Segura in the eighth inning of the MLB All-Star Game.
Hader, who pitches for the Milwaukee Brewers, tweeted various racist, misogynist and homophobic tweets in 2011 and 2012.
"During last night's game, we became aware of Mr. Hader's unacceptable social media comments in years past and have since been in communication with the Brewers regarding our shared concerns", Major League Baseball said in a statement.
By the way, if you defend Hader by saying that everyone probably said similar things when they were 17-years-old then, then you know what, those people are equally ignorant and should feel bad for what they've said. That doesn't reflect on who I am as a person today, and that's just what it is.
Hader said he would talk to his teammates about it, but had not done so by the end of the game.
According to some reports, some members of Hader's family who had been wearing replica jerseys in support of the player opted to remove them when the tweets came to light. Now as Hader faces scrutiny, it will be interesting to see how the league proceeds in response to his comments. This mistake won't happen again'. "We always get in trouble for things you said when you were younger".
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The MLB has not yet released a statement regarding the situation, but Dan Halem, the league's chief legal officer, said baseball officials may consider commenting later this week, according to the Los Angeles Times. 'If we could follow each other around with a recorder every day, I'm sure we all said some dumb stuff.
He added: "Being 17 years old you make stupid decisions and mistakes".
Hader also reportedly tweeted a series of sexist and mysognnist tweets that were screenshotted prior to his account being switched to private. "I know he's a great teammate".
"We all said some insane stuff when we're young", Cain told reporters after the game.
Hader said he had not spoken to family members and, when asked if that would be a hard conversation, responded, "I was young, immature and stupid. I really don't know exactly what all's out there". "I'm moving on from it". I'm fine. Everybody will be okay. "We'll move on from it".