Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

MLB All-Star Josh Hader apologizes for history of racist tweets

MLB All-Star Josh Hader apologizes for history of racist tweets

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.

Most of Hader's tweets were made in 2012, only months before his home state Baltimore Orioles were taking him in the MLB Draft.

Hader said he found out about the Twitter backlash when he left the game, and someone said he needed to find out what was going on.

He added: "As a child, I was immature and obviously said some things that were inexcusable". That doesn't reflect on the person I am today.

"You can't (excuse it)", he said.

"I'm deeply sorry for what I've said and what's been going on", he added. "And, like I said, it doesn't reflect any of my beliefs going on".

Hader has now locked down his Twitter account entirely.

In one tweet, dated October 25, 2011, Hader tweeted lyrics from the Juicy J song, "Durr She Go", that used the N-word. Some of the offensive terminology included repeated use of the n-word, references to 'white power, ' and one tweet in which he wrote 'I hate gay people'. Some of the tweets are also sexually graphic and demeaning toward women.

"I really don't know exactly what's all out there", Hader said.

"No deletes", Hader said.

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"Obviously, when you're a kid, you just tweet what's on your mind".

Hader said the tweets do not reflect his beliefs now, and he did "not vividly" recall writing them.

And Hader's family members in attendance took off their jerseys with "Hader" on the back during the game. They were wearing blank National League gear outside the clubhouse toward the end of the game. "There's no excuse for what was said or what happened", said Hader, who is now 24 years old.

"I was in high school".

"Being 17 years old, you make stupid decisions and mistakes", he said. It won't happen again.

Teammate Lorenzo Cain called Hader a "great guy", and acknowledged that everyone has "said some insane stuff when we're young".

When asked if he is anxious about facing any potential discipline from the league, Hader said he is "ready for any consequences". He was young. We all say some insane stuff when we're young, ' Cain said.

"We'll move on from it", Cain said.

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

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