Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Brewers All-Star reliever Josh Hader apologizes for past racist, homophobic tweets

Sidney Guerrero | 18 July, 2018, 15:27

"I got done with the game, and they said I need to kind of look at what's going on", Hader said. "That's just what it is". I'm deeply sorry for what I've said and what has been going on.

"There's no excuse for what was said", Hader said. "It doesn't reflect any of my beliefs now".

At least one tweet used the N-word, according to SB Nation, which noted that the tweets have since been deleted and Hader's account has been switched from public to private mode.

Josh Hader's All-Star Game debut, 40 minutes from his hometown of Millersville, had already gone badly when he presided over a three-run eighth inning that put the National League down in an eventual 8-6 loss at Nationals Park.

And this explanation especially wasn't a good one: "When you're a kid, you tweet what's on your mind". Hader's account then was locked.

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The pitcher told reporters after the game he was not aware of the old tweets resurfacing before taking the field, and only found out when he returned to the locker room and his "phone was blowing up" with messages from people.

Asked about the context of the tweets, Hader said: "I'm sure there were some rap lyrics being (tweeted)".

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 what all is out there". "This mistake won't happen again". "There is no excuse for what is said. I'm ready for any consequences that happen for what happened seven years ago".

Update: Lorenzo Cain - also an All-Star and Hader's Milwaukee teammate - was asked about Hader's comments after the game. He addressed the media in a corner of the clubhouse while his teammates dressed on the other side. Asked whether it would be a hard conversation with them, he said he was "young, immature, and stupid".

He said it happened when it he was 17 years old and he was "immature", but it's still "inexcusable".

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