Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb apologized Sunday for previous homophobic and racists tweets he sent as a teenager, calling them “some stupid stuff.” “I definitely regret it, for sure,” he has recently stated, regarding tweets created in 2011 and 2012.
The 25-year-old Newcomb spoke less than an hour after nearly pitching a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“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 and I didn’t mean anything by it, for sure,” he said.
Newcomb said he had forgotten about the tweets until he picked up his phone postgame and saw mentions of the posts. The Braves reopened the locker room about 30 minutes later — Newcomb said it was his idea for a team official to bring reporters back downstairs so he could address the subject.
Major League Baseball dealt with a similar situation in early July, involving Brewers reliever Josh Hader on the night he pitched in the All-Star Game.
Later Sunday, Nationals shortstop Trea Turner said he was “sincerely sorry” for years-old homophobic and racially insensitive tweets.
“Such inappropriate comments have no place in our game. We are aware of this serious issue, Billy Bean will meet with Mr. Newcomb this week, and we will identify an appropriate course of diversity training for him in the Atlanta community,” MLB said in a statement.
Bean is MLB’s vice president for social responsibility and inclusion. He is a former big league outfielder and openly gay.