Under two weeks after racist and homophobic tweets from Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader surfaced during the All-Star Game, such tweets surfaced from the Atlanta Braves’ Sean Newcomb on Sunday after he almost threw a no-hitter.
And then on Sunday evening, offensive tweets from Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner surfaced. The tweets are from 2011-2012, so when he was 17-18.
I got you Chelsea pic.twitter.com/yWYVsktDDz
— Blake Bortles is Elite (@BBBortles5) July 30, 2018
As I said in the Newcomb post earlier, I don’t know how athletes — or their agent, or their organization — aren’t going far back and deleting all of these tweets, but here we are again.
Turner issued an apology on Sunday night:
Trea Turner issued a statement. pic.twitter.com/5ZFbn2AH5E
— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) July 30, 2018
“There are no excuses for my insensitive and offensive language on Twitter. I am sincerely sorry for those tweets and apologize wholeheartedly. I believe people who know me understand those regrettable actions do not reflect my values or who I am. But I understand the hurtful nature of such language and am sorry to have brought any negative light to the Nationals organization, myself or the game I love.”
And the Nationals released a statement:
Statement from Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo: pic.twitter.com/mqFa24aix2
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 30, 2018
“I have spoken with Trea regarding the tweets that surfaced earlier tonight. He understands that his comments — regardless of when they were posted — are inexcusable and is taking full responsibility for his actions. The Nationals organization does not condone discrimination in any form, and his comments in no way reflect the values of our club. Trea has been a good teammate and model citizen in our clubhouse, and these comments are not indicative of how he has conducted himself while part of our team. He has apologized to me and to the organization for his comments.”