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Thursday’s Mashup: Sonny Gray deletes resurfaced racist 'inside joke' tweet after poor outing

Lucy Burdge
August 02, 2018 - 7:16 am

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-- Sonny Gray didn’t have such a great day on Wednesday.

The Yankees pitcher was booed off the mound after just 2 2/3 innings of the Yankees' eventual 7-5 loss to the Orioles and smiled as he walked to the dugout.

Matters were then made worse when a questionable tweet Gray posted in 2012 resurfaced and Gray’s @Sir_Peanut account was deactivated.

"@Sir_Peanut 1. You didn't go to college. 2. You are black. #followdaleaderleaderleader clap clap clap,” the tweet reads.

After the game, Gray called the tweet, which he posted when he was 22, “an inside joke” directed at Rashun Dixon, who was his teammate in the Oakland organization.

Gray said he has been hacked before and has help running his Twitter account.

"I'm not scared of my past. My past has helped shape who I am today," said Gray. "If people want to try and question who I am, I'll face that head on because I'm not scared of my past. Everything that's happened in my past has done nothing but make me a better man."

Gray is just the latest athlete to have a questionable tweet from the past resurface recently, after tweets posted by Josh Hader, Trea Turner and Sean Newcomb all came to light.

-- Martellus Bennett played for five different teams, including the Patriots, during his 10-year NFL career and told the Dave Dameshek Football Program podcast recently he never felt at home with any of them.

"I never felt at home at any of the places that I played, honestly,” Bennett said. “I looked at myself as a consultant. So my job was to go into wherever this place was that needed a tight end and I would consult at the tight end position until they found another tight end better than me or my consultation was over, then I had to go consult somewhere else."

"So I look at every single player as an independent entrepreneurial company,” he continued. “I don't think every player views themselves as that, a lot of players view themselves as working as part of a larger corporation and being owned at that corporation and having a job there. I feel like the tight end position is my skill, it is my job and when you need someone to fill that position you hire me. But it's only on a contract base, it's not full-time employment."

Bennett had two stints in New England, first in 2016 and then again in 2017 after a short time with the Packers.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Kyle’s done a really good job for us. He’s a player that didn’t start his career here but has come in and really has understood the way that we have tried to do things. He’s embraced it. He’s become very much of a leader in, A, doing his job and doing it the right way, but also helping other guys, particularly guys that transition onto the team as he did. He has a good perspective for that.” -- Bill Belichick, on Kyle Van Noy

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