Milwaukee Brewer pitcher Josh Hader should be fielding question about his performance at the MLB All-Star game. Instead, the 24-year-old finds himself trying to explain some disturbing seven-year-old tweets.
There is an old saying that goes “the internet is forever”. If you’ve posted something embarrassing, racist, sexist or homophobic, there’s a really good chance that it could come back to haunt you. If you’re famous, this is almost a guarantee.
The unearthed series of tweets go back to when Hader was a 17-year-old. A number of these use the n-word. According to Hader, he was “probably” quoting rap lyrics in these. Another simply read “I hate gay people.” Two other tweets read “White Power” and “KKK”, respectively. There were also a number of sexist/misogynist tweets. One read *Need a b—– that can f—, cook, clean right.”
Hader says that he no longer ascribes to the same views that he held as a teenager. However, he now works for the MLB and big business does not like bad press. For that reason, Josh Hader will be required to undergo sensitivity and diversity awareness training. This was announced via today’s statement from the MLB:
“During last night’s game we became aware of Mr. Hader’s unacceptable social media comments in years past and have since been in communication with the Brewers regarding our shared concerns.
After the game, Mr. Hader took the necessary step of expressing remorse for his highly offensive and hurtful language, which fails to represent the values of our game and our expectations for all those who are a part of it. The Office of the Commissioner will require sensitivity training for Mr. Hader and participation in MLB’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.”
Hopefully, this can serve as a lesson for young people. Don’t put anything on social media that you might not want to answer for, either in the short term or on an important night in your life.