Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Josh Hader apologizes after offensive tweets resurface

Josh Hader apologizes after offensive tweets resurface

That was just one of many problematic tweets that were exposed Tuesday night after Hader allowed a three-run homer in the MLB All-Star Game.

According to screenshots shared by numerous Twitter users, Hader posted tweets in 2011 that included racist, sexist and homophobic slurs - including one that read "white power".

Hader's Twitter account has since been locked and his controversial tweets have been deleted.

Hader addressed the situation after the game.

"I was 17 years old, and as a child I was immature, and obviously I said some things that were inexcusable", Hader told reporters in the visitors' clubhouse at Nationals Park here.

Sure, you could say that the lesson here is to delete all your bad tweets when you're a public figure, but how about just not being a hateful person?

Hader is said to have discussed the issue with black Brewers teammate Lorenzo Cain, who was also playing for the NL All-Star team, in an attempt to explain his comments.

When asked if he is anxious about facing any potential discipline from the league, Hader said he is "ready for any consequences".

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. He said Major League Baseball would not have any comment before Wednesday. It won't happen again. For me, I'm moving on from it. "I'm deeply sorry for what I've said and what's been going on". His account went private soon after the tweets began circulating on social media, but many of them are screengrabbed here (Warning: Language very NSFW.) One, from August 23, 2011, bluntly states, "I hate gay people".

Hader made his All-Star Game debut in the top of the eighth inning as the sixth relief pitcher for the National League. "I really don't know exactly what's all out there". "He was young. We all say some insane stuff when we're young".

If you think making Hader do such things is "punishment", well, that opens up another conversation altogether I suppose. The guy I know, he's a great guy. So I'm fine. Everybody will be OK.

Cain said that everyone should attempt to "move on" and "focus on playing baseball".

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