Newcomb, Turner face fallout from old tweets
Atlanta pitcher Sean Newcomb and Washington shortstop Trea Turner are the latest major-leaguers to come under scrutiny for tweets made while they were teenagers.
Newcomb’s racist, homophobic and sexist tweets from 2011 and 2012 came to light Sunday afternoon after the 25-year-old came within one out of pitching a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“I just wanted to apologize for any insensitive material,” Newcomb said after the clubhouse was reopened so he could address the media. “It was a long time ago, six or seven years ago, saying some stupid stuff with friends.”
Turner, 25, also apologized in a statement issued by the Nationals on Sunday night after his own tweets from 2011 and 2012 came to light.
“I believe people who know me understand those regrettable actions do not reflect my values or who I am,” Turner said in his statement. “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.”
Earlier this month MLB had to deal with a similar issue when old tweets from Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader surfaced on the night he pitched in the All-Star Game.
“Such inappropriate comments have no place in our game,” MLB said in a statement regarding Newcomb’s tweets. “We are aware of this serious issue, Billy Bean will meet with Mr. Newcomb this week, and we will identify an appropriate course of diversity training for him in the Atlanta community.”
Bean, the MLB’s vice president for social responsibility and inclusion, also met with Hader after his tweets came to light. MLB is also requiring Hader to go through sensitivity training and take part in diversity and inclusion efforts.