Brewers’ Josh Hader Apologizes After Racist, Homophobic Old Tweets Surface

Tanya Simon
July 18, 2018

The MLB All-Star game was marred by a scandal involving Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader after racist and anti-gay tweets he had sent as a 17-year-old began to circulate on social media.

In a rather freaky scene in the National League clubhouse afterward, a grim-faced Hader was surrounded by a media mob demanding answers for Twitter posts made back in 2011 and 2012. The tweets were offensive and racist.

The 24-year-old pitcher apologized after the game, and said he was "young, immature and stupid", according to National MLB writer Ryan Fagan.

"I was 17 years old, and as a child I was immature, and obviously I said some things that were inexcusable", Hader told reporters in the visitors' clubhouse at Nationals Park here. "That doesn't reflect on who I am as a person today. I really don't know exactly what's out there".

"You live and you learn", he said.

Major League Baseball Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem said the league might release a statement Wednesday, The Washington Post reported.

"This is not who I am and will use this as an opportunity to better myself".

Some of Hader's family removed his replica jersey while at the All-Star Game, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. There's no excuses for what was said or what happened'.

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She said it's "sweet" that her husband, with whom she shares a daughter born the month they married, was concerned. I assume that everybody sees him the way I do.

Asked if he was anxious about facing discipline, Hader said he would live with it.

"It's something they shouldn't be involved in", Hader said.

Milwaukee Brewers All-Star outfielder Lorenzo Cain spoke briefly to Hader in the clubhouse following the game.

Cain was asked if he was surprised to hear about the tweets.

Hader said he would talk to his teammates about it, but had not done so by the end of the game. "Being 17 years old, you know you make stupid decisions and mistakes". It won't happen again. He said he's ready for any consequences. "If we could follow each other around with a recorder every day, I'm sure we all said some dumb stuff".

The reliever, who appeared in the eighth inning and gave up three runs and four hits, including a three-run homer to Mariners shortstop Jean Segura, said he wasn't aware of the controversy until after the game.

"But we'll move on from it - he's a great guy and a great teammate".

"I'm completely and utterly embarrassed and feel frightful to have put the fans, my teammates and the Blue Jays organizion in this position".

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