To say Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader had a rough night at the MLB All-Star Game is an understatement.
Hader gave up a go-ahead, 3-run homer to the Mariners' Jean Segura in the eighth inning.
Then, when he gets back to the dugout, he sees that his phone is blowing up. While he was pitching, someone dug up some tweets from 2011 and 2012.
Hader says some of it was probably rap lyrics. He doesn't really remember what he tweeted 7 years ago, when he was 17 years old. But now they've resurfaced and he's apologizing for a series of tweets in which he made racist and sexist comments.
He says he was young, immature and stupid. And he's ready to take the consequences. Some are talking suspension, but how can you suspend someone for something they did long before you hired them?
Maybe the MLB and other organizations should look at social media closer? Or maybe just require athletes to delete their social media when they're hired?
It's something a lot of us parents have preached to our kids, especially as they're being looked at by colleges and potential employers-- clean up your social media!
One of Hader's Brewers teammates, Lorenzo Cain, talked to reporters about it-- "He was young. We all say some crazy stuff when we're young. That's one reason why I don't have social media -- for things like this. You always in trouble for things you said when you're younger. So we move on from it. The situation is what it is. I know Hader, I know he's a great guy, he's a great teammate. So I'm fine. Everybody will be OK. We'll move on from it, for sure."
I'm just absolutely dumbfounded that Josh Hader never once thought about deleting his old tweets. Like....how?— Barry McCockiner (@Sp0rtsTalkJo3) July 18, 2018
Hey everyone, let's ruin a man's career during his first all star game over tweets he said 7 years ago, while he was in high school. Smh give Josh Hader a break— Darion Raddatz (@darionraddatz) July 18, 2018
A lot of professional athletes have regrettable tweets they can pass off as immaturity. Josh Hader’s tweets are not that kind. He outright degraded women, black people, and the LGBTQ community. You don’t take that back.— Scott Wheeler (@scottcwheeler) July 18, 2018