Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader is currently under fire for a string of racist, misogynistic and homophobic tweets.
While playing in Tuesday’s annual Major League Baseball All-Star game, Twitter users retweeted a few of Hader’s posts, which were originally posted on his account between 2011 and 2012 — less than two months before his 18th birthday, according to USA Today.
“I don’t give a damn, I’m a triply n***er, fuck my lungs, f**k my liver!,” he wrote in one tweet.
Other tweets included Hader tweeting,
“Funny how you never see a black person gettin mauled by a shark…#SHARKWEEK” because they scared of the water,”
“Need a b**ch that can f**k, cook, clean, right,”
“Had her bouncing on my d**k like a seesaw,”
“White power lol,”
“N—–bot? The (expletive)! That just made my night! Smh,”
“I hate gay people.”
Immediately following the All-Star game, the 24-year-old apologized for his past transgressions by admitting he was immature and the comments don’t reflect his current “beliefs.”
“There’s no excuse for what was said,” Hader told reporters during his post-game interview. “I’m deeply sorry for what I’ve said, and it doesn’t reflect any of my beliefs going on now. I was young, immature and stupid, and there’s no excuses for what was said or what happened.”
He continued, “As a child, I was immature and obviously said some things that were inexcusable… We’re still learning who we are in high school. You live and you learn. This mistake won’t happen again.”
Hader’s Twitter account has since been locked and his controversial tweets have been deleted.
The Washington Post reports, Major League Baseball Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem said he had spoken to Hader about the tweet after Tuesday’s game and mentioned that the league may release a statement on Wednesday.
Through the years, the league has a history of taking action against racism and prejudice.
Last October during the World Series, the league handed Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel a five-game suspension without pay for making a “slant-eyed” gesture and saying the Spanish word “chinito,” a slang term for “little Chinese guy,” which was aimed at the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Japanese-born player Yu Darvish.
In addition to Gurriel’s foolish bigotry, earlier this season the Detroit Tigers fired their pitching coach, Chris Bosio for “insensitive comments” made toward team employee. Now as Hader faces scrutiny, it will be interesting to see how the league proceeds in response to his comments.
Should the MLB take disciplinary action for Hader’s tweets?