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Wednesday’s Mashup: Brewers pitcher Josh Hader apologizes for racist tweets surfaced during All-Star Game

Lucy Burdge
July 18, 2018 - 5:36 am

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-- Brewers pitcher Josh Hader could face discipline from Major League Baseball after his first All-Star Game appearance Tuesday night, but not for anything he did on the field.

As Hader was pitching in the game, his racist, sexist and homophobic tweets from years ago surfaced on Twitter.  He quickly realized what happened after the game when his phone was “blowing up” with people contacting him about it.

“There’s no excuse for what was said,” Hader said in the clubhouse after the game. “I’m deeply sorry for what I said and what’s been going on. It doesn’t reflect any of my beliefs now.”

"It was something that happened when I was 17 years old, and as a child, I was immature," he continued. "I obviously said some things that were inexcusable. That doesn't reflect on who I am as a person today, and that's just what it is."

The league has punished players for offensive comments and gestures in the past but it will be difficult to discipline Hader for these tweets because he posted them in before he became an MLB pitcher. But the league could request that he attend sensitivity training.

“I’m ready for any consequences for what happened seven years ago,” Hader said. “ … I’m sure it was some lyrics, some rap lyrics being tweeted. I really don’t know exactly what’s out there.”

Well, in one tweet from Oct. 25, 2011, Hader tweeted lyrics from the Juicy J song, "Durr She Go," that used the N-word. And another from July 23, 2011, said, "I hate gay people."

Hader was asked why the tweets were still on his timeline and he didn’t have a great explanation.

"No deletes," Hader said. "Obviously, when you're a kid, you just tweet what's on your mind. That's what's on (there)."

“I was in high school,” he said. “We're still learning who we are in high school, and you live and you learn. This mistake won't happen again.”

-- Rob Gronkowski is a very supportive boyfriend.

After his model girlfriend, Camille Kostek, posted a picture of herself on Instagram with a caption about body positivity, Gronk responded with a comment in support of all body types.

A post shared by Camille Kostek (@camillekostek) on

“O baby, I would be considered a super plus size if I modeled and I’m damn sexy… own it, embrace it, be different, respect all types and just do you baby!!” Gronkowski commented, to which Kostek replied, “@gronk love you.”

Kostek modeled bikinis in the Sports Illustrated fashion show Sunday night at the W South Beach.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “You can see what happens, I can see why, I can see adjustments made in real time. You can see who's open, I can tell you how and why, for this is a game of the mind.” -- Kobe Bryant, in a song he wrote for Brad Stevens

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Editor's Note: This story was updated to remove a screengrab of a tweet from Hader about Trayvon Martin, as it has since come out that the tweet was a fake.

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