Josh Hader is a pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers and considered by some to be a rising MLB star due to his powerful fastball. Everyone has their good days and their bad days; but during last night’s All-Star Game against the Seattle Mariners, Hader was having a bad day. The Athletes night was about to get a lot worse when the internet became flooded with a string of racist and homophobic tweets that the athlete wrote several years ago.
Yahoo! Sports reported:
After Hader allowed a three-run home run to Jean Segura, Twitter users unearthed a series of reprehensible messages Hader had sent from his account over an eight-month period when he was 17. One said: “I hate gay people.” He used the N-word at least three times, once quoting a rap lyric, twice not. He used a fist emoji followed by “white power lol” and another time tweeted, simply, “KKK.” Two months before the Baltimore Orioles drafted him in 2012, he wrote: “Need a bitch that can f—, cook, clean right.”
In a press conference, the 24-year old Hader apologized for the offensive tweets, written in 2011 and 2012. “I was just 17 years old. I was a child,” he said. “I was immature and I said some things that were inexcusable. It does not reflect on the person I am today.” He continued, “Obviously when you’re a kid you tweet what’s on your mind. There’s no excuse for what was said. I’m deeply sorry for what was said.”
When asked to explain the tweets and the context, Hader appears to blame it on rap music.