Brewers reliever Josh Hader apologized for a series of offensive tweets that resurfaced during Tuesday’s All-Star game in Washington.
Twitter users discovered several offensive, explicit and demeaning racist and anti-gay tweets sent from Hader’s account in 2011 and 2012. Hader, 24, addressed the issue following the American League’s 8-6 win.
“That’s something that happened when I was 17 years old,” he said. “As a child, I was immature and 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.”
Hader pitched 1/3 of an inning in the All-Star game, allowing four hits and three runs (one earned).
He saw his phone was cluttered with messages following the game.
“There’s no excuse for what was said,” he reiterated. “I’m deeply sorry for what was said and what’s been going on. That doesn’t reflect any of my beliefs.”
Hader said he’s prepared for any consequences and he will directly address his teammates. He spoke with Brewers teammate and fellow All-Star Lorenzo Cain after the game.
“We’ll move on from it,” Cain said. “It is what it is. I know Hader. He’s a great guy. He’s a great teammate. I’m fine. Everyone will move on from it.
“At the end of the day, we’ve all said crazy stuff. Even when we’re 17 or 18 years old. We can follow each other around with a recorder every day and I’m sure we’ve all said some dumb stuff. We’ll move on from this.”
Hader owns a 1.50 ERA and 0.79 WHIP with 89 strikeouts across 31 games (48 innings). The Brewers are 2.5 games behind the Cubs for first place in the NL Central, but currently hold the first wild card spot.