Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner apologized Sunday night for years-old homophobic and racially insensitive tweets, becoming the latest major leaguer to address his offensive language used on social media.
The tweets surfaced hours after Washington’s 5-0 loss at Miami. The tweets date back to 2011 and 2012.
The 25-year-old Turner said there is no excuse for his language and he is “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,” he said in a statement issued by the team. “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.”
Sean Newcomb also apologized Sunday for his racist, homophobic and sexist tweets he posted as a teenager, calling them “some stupid stuff.” The MLB was dealing with a similar situation this month involving Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader on the night he pitched in the All-Star Game.
Mike Rizzo, the president of baseball operations for the Nationals, said he spoke with Turner about the issue.
“He understands that his comments — regardless of when they were posted — are inexcusable and is taking full responsibility for his actions,” Rizzo said in a separate statement released by the team.
“The Nationals organization does not condone discrimination in any form, and his comments in no way reflect the values of our club. Trea has been a good teammate and model citizen in our clubhouse, and these comments are not indicative of how he has conducted himself while part of our team. He has apologized to me and to the organization for his comments.”
Small tip to all MLB players reading this, go check your twitter from start to finish.