Associated Press, July 30, 2018
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner apologized Sunday night for some years-old homophobic and racially insensitive tweets, becoming the latest in a series of major leaguers to address offensive language they used on social media.
The tweets surfaced hours after Washington’s 5-0 loss at Miami. The posts are from 2011 and 2012.
The 25-year-old Turner said there is no excuse for his language and he is “sincerely sorry for those tweets and apologize wholeheartedly.”
Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb also apologized Sunday for racist, homophobic and sexist tweets he sent as a teenager, calling them “some stupid stuff.” Major League Baseball dealt with a similar situation this month involving Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader on the night he pitched in the All-Star Game.
Hader apologized after offensive tweets he sent when he was a teenager came to light on July 17. The next day, Major League Baseball said the 24-year-old Hader will be required to go through sensitivity training and participate in diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Hader also met with Billy Bean, MLB’s vice president for social responsibility and inclusion. Bean also is going to meet with Newcomb this week.