Brewers on Josh Hader’s tweets: ‘His comments are inexcusable’

Pitcher to attend sensitivity training through MLB
Brewers on Josh Hader’s tweets: ‘His comments are inexcusable’

In a statement Wednesday morning, Milwaukee Brewers General Manager David Stearns condemned pitcher Josh Hader’s years-old racist Twitter posts.

Stearns said the team has spoken to Hader about the posts “and he is fully aware of the severity of the situation related to his social media comments, regardless of the timeline of his posts.”

ABC News reported that at least one tweet included the N-word, while another said, “I hate gay people.” As of about 3 p.m. Wednesday, Hader’s Twitter account appeared to have been suspended or deleted.

The racist and homophobic tweets from 2011 and 2012 resurfaced while Hader was pitching in the All-Star Game Tuesday night. Hader was alerted to an online firestorm regarding the tweets when he came out of the game. He said the posts were from seven years ago when he was 17 and stemmed from immaturity.

Stearns said Hader’s “comments are inexcusable” and that they don’t reflect the views of the Brewers.

“Those of us that have come to know Josh do not believe that these posts are representative of his beliefs,” the statement said. “We will continue to work through this issue with Josh as we prepare to resume games after the break.”

The Major League Baseball organization said Hader has expressed remorse for “his highly offensive and hurtful language, which fails to represent the values of our game.” The MLB Office of the Commissioner said Hader will be required to take sensitivity training

Hader, 24, is a native of Millersville, Maryland.