Josh Hader Controversy: Josh Hader, a reliever for the Milwaukee Brewers, accepted responsibility for racist and homophobic comments that resurfaced on Tuesday night while he was pitching in the All-Star Game.
When Hader exited the game, he was informed of an internet uproar involving the tweets. After the game, he stated the posts were from seven years prior, when he was 17 and “immature,” and that’s when he closed his account. One of the tweets said, “I despise homosexual people,” while others used the n-word.
There is no justification for what was stated, Hader remarked. “I sincerely apologize for what I said and the events that have occurred. It doesn’t align with any of my current views.
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MLS said on Wednesday
MLS said on Wednesday that Hader will go through sensitivity training. MLB released a statement saying, “We became aware of Mr. Hader’s improper social media statements in prior years during yesterday night’s game and have since been in discussion with the Brewers expressing our shared concerns.”
“Mr. Hader took the proper action after the game to express regret for his incredibly harsh and insulting words, which fails to represent the principles of our game and our expectations for everyone who participates in it. Mr. Hader must complete sensitivity training in order to participate in MLB’s diversity and inclusion programs, per the Office of the Commissioner.
When questioned about potential punishment on Tuesday night, the 24-year-old indicated he could deal with it. Hader declared, “I’m prepared for whatever fallout from what transpired seven years ago. Some of the exposed tweets date back to 2011 and 2012. Hader admitted he couldn’t “vividly” recall the tweets. Hader remarked, “I’m sure there are some songs, some rap lyrics, being tweeted. “I have no idea what precisely is out there,” said the speaker.
Some of Hader’s friends and relatives who were present were handed blank apparel in the stands as his tweets gained popularity. Near the end of the game, they were standing outside the clubhouse dressed in blank National League attire. When asked if talking to family members would be tough, Hader admitted that he had not done so and stated, “I was young, immature, and dumb. There are no justifications for what was said or done.
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After the NL lost 8-6
After the NL lost 8-6, Hader, who gave up four hits—including a home run to Seattle’s Jean Segura—met with his black teammate Lorenzo Cain in the clubhouse. Before speaking with reporters, Cain claimed he did not seek an apology and merely wanted to comprehend the circumstances. Even when we were 17, 18, everyone had said crazy things, Cain remarked. I’m sure we would all say some stupid things if we could follow each other around with recorders every day. In essence, we’re going to leave this behind. As he said. It’s done now. It’s over now.
Hader attributed the sentiments expressed in the tweets to his youth. Hader said, “You make stupid decisions and mistakes when you’re 17.” In high school, I was. In high school, we are still developing as individuals. You grow via experience. We won’t make the same error again.