MLB's Bigoted-Old-Tweets Problem Is Just Beginning – The Ringer (blog)

In the past month, we’ve seen the old, ugly tweets of three baseball players resurfaced: Brewers reliever Josh Hader, Braves starter Sean Newcomb, and, most recently, Nationals shortstop Trea Turner. It’s tempting to dismiss the specifics of what they wrote into the easier categories of “offensive tweets” or “insensitive language,” but it’s worth revisiting their words here: Newcomb repeatedly used the word “fag”; “This gay black kid won’t stop presenting about black hair… #iwanttoleave,” he wrote in one message. “Gay people freak me out,” wrote Hader, who also proclaimed “I hate gay people” and repeatedly used the n-word. From Turner: “1. Your gay for your last tweet. 2. …..retard strength droopy.”

These messages are out of context, surely. Newcomb, now 25, was 18 years old when he repeatedly used gay slurs on Twitter. Turner, too, was 18 at the time he posted “Once u go black, ur gonna need a wheelchair,” a quote from the movie White Chicks. Hader was 17 when he sent some of his messages. Each seemed to direct the comments mostly toward friends, apparently without the expectation that those words would ever reach a wider audience. They don’t appear, for the most part, to have been used as direct attacks.

But, as Turner’s Nationals teammate Sean Doolittle wrote on Twitter, “it’s not like you can accidentally post a slur.” On Monday, Jon Lester of the Cubs chimed in with his own advice: “If you’re on Twitter, please spend the 5 minutes it takes to scrub your account of anything you wouldn’t want plastered next to your face on the front page of a newspaper,” he tweeted. “Better yet, don’t say stupid things in the first place. Too many young guys getting burned. #themoreyouknow.”

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