It’s beginning to look like Major League Baseball has a Twitter problem.
According to CBS Sports, two more major leaguers were outed as having posted offensive tweets in 2011 and 2012. After Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb came within inches of tossing a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday, he was apologizing to reporters about offensive tweets, including some with homophobic slurs, he authored when he was in high school.
“I just wanted to apologize for any insensitive material,” Newcomb said. “It was a long time ago, six or 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 I did a long time ago.”
Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner found himself in an almost identical situation soon after. Turner apologized in a statement Sunday after he was found to have made offensive tweets in 2011 and 2012, when he was at North Carolina State. The tweets included racially insensitive language and homophobic slurs.
“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.”
The faux pas from the two players come less than two weeks after racist, homophobic and misogynistic tweets made in 2011 and 2012 by Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader surfaced during the All-Star game. Hader was not handed a suspension but must undergo sensitivity training. MLB has reportedly not announced any discipline for Newcomb or Turner.