Baseball all-star Josh Hader under fire for racist and homophobic tweets

Arnold Nichols
July 19, 2018

Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader is now under fire for a string of racist, misogynistic and homophobic tweets.

On Tuesday, Hader apologized for the derogatory tweets, which have since been deleted and he set his account to private after they circulated heavily on social media during the MLB All-Star Game, according to the Bleacher Report.

By the time the left-handed pitcher got back to the dugout after giving up the pivotal home run, some of his old racist and homophobic tweets had been exposed, including those that read, "White power lol", "KKK", and "I hate gay people".

 Josh Hader #71 of the Milwaukee Brewers and the National League pitches in the eighth inning against the American League during the 89th MLB All-Star Game, at Nationals Park on July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Hader said Tuesday night that the tweets were "something that happened when I was 17 years old, and as a child, I was immature. I said some things that are inexcusable", Hader said. He says the tweets do not reflect the person he is today.

Teammate Lorenzo Cain added: "We all say insane stuff when we're young, that's one reason why I don't have social media, because you always get in trouble for it".

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

It is unclear if the player will face action from Major League Baseball or from the Milwaukee Brewers.

Lorenzo Cain, Hader's teammate with the Brewers, said the two had spoken and would continue the dialogue later.

"We have been in contact with Josh and he is fully aware of the severity of the situation related to his social media comments, regardless of the timeline of his posts", Brewers GM David Stearns said in a statement Wednesday. "I'm moving on from it individually, anyway".

Hader has a 1.50 ERA in 31 appearances and made the All-Star Game in just his second major league season. If there is one thing you learn when you're a kid about racism it's to not use the N-word. "I'm deeply sorry for what was said". "I'll live up to what happened and move on from it". "He's young. We all say some insane stuff when we're young". "I really don't know what all is out there". I know Hader, he's a great guy. So I'm fine. Everybody will be OK. They were wearing blank National League gear outside the clubhouse toward the end of the game. "So we move on from it".

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