After the epic rant by Terry Collins went viral a few weeks ago, we saw the true power of MLB Twitter. Last night, that power came back with a vengeance, and the target of it’s wrath was Milwaukee Brewers star reliever Josh Hader.
Shortly after his appearance in the 86th installation of the MLB All Star Game, Hader became subject of conversation and scrutiny after a series of disparaging and inappropriate tweets were unearthed by the Twitter MLB Insider Dinger. Warning: Most of these tweets are NSFW.
Welp. Now that the All-Star Game’s over (and it was a GREAT game), it’s time for the real show to start…
JOSH HADER’S OLD TWEETS. pic.twitter.com/Zwz99D11dG
— Temporary Brewers Fan (@BlacknAction) July 18, 2018
Most of these tweets were between 2010 and 2012, when Hader was 16 to 18 years old. On a night that was supposed to be the crowning achievement for his godlike first half performance quickly turned into a catastrophe for the lefty phenom, as he surrendered a three run homer, and went back to the dugout unaware that his phone was blowing up with the wrath of upset fans.
From racism to homophobia, and everything in between, these tweets were offensive to just about everyone who read them. Hader was in the hottest water imaginable, and apparently, his family had to hide from the shame he caused. Members of his family, who were in attendance to watch him pitch while wearing his All Star jersey, quickly took Hader’s jersey off in favor of a nameless All Star replica jersey once news of the tweets surfaced. Talk about embarrasing.
Hader has since owned up to his inexcusable behavior by saying:
“I was 17 years old. As a child, I was immature. I obviously said some things that were inexcusable. That doesn’t reflect on who I am as a person today. That’s just what it is.” as well as “I’m deeply sorry for what I’ve said and what’s been going on. That doesn’t reflect any of my beliefs now.”
That’s all good and fine that he’s sorry, but there is zero excuse for what he did. He may have been immature, but at an age like 17, you’re allowed to drive a car. You’re a year away from being able to vote and serve your country, and unless you have a medical condition that prevents it, you could impregnate a woman. You’re enough of an adult that you need to be held accountable for your actions, even if they get buried for nearly a decade.
Major League Baseball has already required that Hader take a sensitivity training course and he will have to be involved in the leagues diversity and inclusion initiatives. It’ll be curious to see if Hader faces any discipline from the Brewers, along with any further backlash from the home and opposing fans as the season goes on.
This just goes to show. Always be careful of what you post on social media because you never know when it will come to haunt you. In just mere minutes, Josh Hader went from a beloved rising star to the social pariah of the MLB. As the wise Ser Davos Seaworth once said, “Nothing f***s you harder than time.”
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