Brewers pitcher bitten by his own words

I had my fill of entertainment before the All-Star Game ended last night (nothing can beat a mic’d-up Frankie Lindor) and went to bed, so I missed the number one story coming out of it: one of the players has been exposed as a racist and homophobe.

Also, Twitter is quite often a more influential medium than television.

Both of those are bad for Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader who gave up a go-ahead home run during his All-Star Game appearance, and that wasn’t even the worst part of his night.

The circulation of this old tweet of his was.

And this one:

What was impressive was not only how quickly the tweets raced around the internet, but how quickly they raced around the stadium where the game was being played.

By the end of the game, the Brewers’ pitcher had made his Twitter account private and was ready to address how they were made in the first place.

He was just 17.

That explanation later fell flat when a 2016 tweet criticizing protests about the Trayvon Martin killing surfaced.

So today, Major League Baseball sent him to diversity training.

“Those of us that have come to know Josh do not believe that these posts are representative of his beliefs. He has been a good teammate and contributor to the team in every way,” the Brewers general manager said in a statement Wednesday.

Presumably, other baseball players are spending their All-Star break deleting old tweets.

  • wjc
  • Rob

    So much for the “youthful indiscretion” defense. Hader may need to be even more on the lookout for beanballs.

    • From whom? There are relatively few African Americans who play Major League Baseball and there aren’t any openly gay players. He may be more representative of the game than MLB would like to acknowledge.

      • wjc

        How disheartening.

      • Rob

        Then maybe the MLB needs to issue a blanket order for all players to go through sensitivity and diversity training.

        • joetron2030

          I doubt those things do much to sway the hearts/minds of those who need to go through that type of education in the first place because they don’t have any sympathy or empathy for the disadvantaged communities that they rail against.

          It’s solely done to meet an obligation to continue receiving their paychecks.

          • Rob

            Understood. Would still be a nice initiative.

          • Jack

            It’s like the mandatory sexual harassment training at a company I worked for in the early ’90’s. One of the guys joked that we were training them how to harass. He was the next one investigated for cause.

            So glad I no longer have HR duties……

          • joetron2030

            Oh, I agree. Every little bit helps.

  • >>Those of us that have come to know Josh do not believe that these posts are representative of his beliefs.<<

    You may not realize it, but those are most likely his beliefs…

    • And I doubt that diversity training will change that. But if he is at all trainable, they can probably teach him to at least shut up about it.

      • Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt

        – Multiple attributions

  • Nato Coles

    How on earth his agent/teammates/family didn’t make him delete all his old tweets before the ink was dry on whatever his first contract with an MLB team was… I’ll never know. Glad he’s going to sensitivity training though. It’s a good start – the only way to back up any apology.

  • Brian Estrada

    This post should be updated to reflect further reportage that Hader’s purported tweets about Trayvon Martin were in all likelihood photoshopped.