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

Josh Hader's tweets

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.

The tweets were from 2011 and 2012, when Hader was a teenager, SB Nation reported.

The news of Hader's old, unearthed tweets bubbled out as the All-Star Game was going on, and reporters met Hader in the locker room right afterward for comment.

"It was something that happened when I was 17-years old", said Hader. I was immature and I said some things that were inexcusable. He said "I'll murder your family" to one person and made some total non-sequitur tweet simply saying "KKK". "It doesn't reflect any of my beliefs now".

"When anybody does something like that, you're always surprised", said Cain, USA Today reported. "At the end of the day, you've got to give people a second chance, you understand you have to forgive people, move on from it". He said his fellow Brewers "shouldn't be involved in it", and that he's ready to face any punishment Major League Baseball deems appropriate for vilely insensitive tweets from his teenage years.

Asked to explain the context of the tweets, Hader blamed rap music. His account went private soon after the tweets began circulating on social media, but many of them are screengrabbed here (Warning: Language very NSFW.) One, from August 23, 2011, bluntly states, "I hate gay people".

Hader said he was in high school at the time and still learning who he was.

Hader said he had not spoken to family members and, when asked if that would be a hard conversation, responded, "I was young, immature and stupid".

"You live and you learn", he said.

Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem, speaking outside the National League clubhouse, said he had spoken to Hader.

Some members of Josh Hader's family, wearing his All-Star replica jersey, have taken them off and been given generic jerseys without his name on the back. There's no excuses for what was said or what happened'.

"There's no excuse for what was said and, ya know, I'm deeply sorry for what I've said", he added. He surrendered a tie-breaking home run to Seattle's Jean Segura in the eighth inning. He made his major league debut in June 2017.

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