Josh Hader’s dream night quickly turned into a nightmare Wednesday. As the Milwaukee Brewers reliever pitched in his first career MLB All-Star Game, Twitter users found a string of racist, homophobic and very vulgar tweets Hader tweeted back in 2011 and 2012 when he was 17 years old.
While some of Hader’s tweets appeared to be song long lyrics, others did not , such as tweets that read “I hate gay people,” “KKK” and a fist emoji followed by “white power lol,” according to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan. Below are screenshots of more of Hader’s tweets, courtesy of Yahoo Sports. Be warned: They contain highly offensive language.
These tweets surfaced after Josh Hader gave up a 3 run home run to Jean Segura of the Mariners, in a game which ended up with the AL winning 7-5 in extra innings.
Some members of Josh Hader’s family, wearing his All-Star replica jersey, have taken them off and been given generic jerseys without his name on the back.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 18, 2018
Hader apologized for the language he used but ended up saying it nothing more than youthful immaturity:
“I’m deeply sorry for what I’ve said and what’s been going on,” he added. “And like I said, that doesn’t reflect any of my beliefs going on now. … When you’re a kid, you tweet what’s on your mind.”
That apology frankly will not cut it.