July 30, 2018 at 12:30 pm EST | by Mariah Cooper
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner apologizes for homophobic and racist tweets
Trea Turner, gay news, Washington Blade

Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner meets school kids participating in the Shred Hate program on the field at Nationals Stadium. (Photo courtesy MLB)

Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner has apologized for “insensitive and offensive” tweets posted when he was 18 that resurfaced on Sunday.

The tweets, posted between 2011-2012, came to light after the Nationals’ 5-0 loss at Miami. Turner, who is now 25, used homophobic and racist slurs.

Turner released a statement via the Nationals saying he is “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,” Turner says. “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.”

Nationals general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo also released a statement calling Turner a “model citizen in our clubhouse.”

“I have spoken with Trea regarding the tweets that surfaced earlier tonight,” the statement reads. “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.”

Turner isn’t the only MLB player being held accountable for old offensive tweets.

Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb’s old tweets also came to light on Sunday after he missed a no-hitter by one out during a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Newcomb, 25, also posted the tweets when he was 18.

Newcomb issued an apology calling the posts “stupid stuff with friends.”

“I just want to apologize for any insensitive material,” Newcomb said. “It was a long time ago – six, seven years ago – saying some stupid stuff with friends. I know I’ve grown a lot since then. I didn’t mean anything by it. It was just something stupid that I did a long time ago.”

Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader, 24, also found himself under fire earlier this month when old homophobic and racist tweets were dug up from when he was 17. Hader apologized and the MLB chose not to suspend him but to require he attend sensitivity training.


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