Right-hander Jarred Cosart probably did not make the Houston Astros very happy Monday afternoon when he referred to Canadian pop star Justin Bieber while using a commonly known, three-letter gay slur.
Cosart, a good bet to be the Astros' No. 3 starter this season, was communicating on Twitter with a former teammate — Tyson Gillies of the Phillies organization. Gillies, like Bieber, is from Canada and he mentioned the Olympics. Cosart took a cheap shot:
No, he didn't say "fat."
UPDATE: Cosart deleted the comment soon afterward and later apologized.
When he erased the tweet he didn't do it, apparently, because it was the right thing to do. Instead, he said he cut it because of the "twitter police."
As if it would be OK for Cosart to say something like that in a crowd of autograph-seekers, or any other public forum. Just not on Twitter, where you might get pushback for using homophobic language. To see an uncensored (NSFW) version, click here.
Cosart, 23, was a top prospect with the Phillies before coming to the Astros in the Hunter Pence trade of 2011. People in charge in Philadelphia questioned Cosart's maturity and makeup at times (perhaps one of the reasons be became available in a deal), and this doesn't give the Astros much reason to think he has grown up.
So, just in case anyone thought Major League Baseball might "handle" an athlete such as Michael Sam coming out in a tolerant "post-gay" kind of way, this is a reminder there are people like Jarred Cosart out there, using abusive language to describe gay people.
Cosart posted a 1.95 ERA in 10 starts in 2013, and deserves a chance to show if he can hack it full time in a major league rotation. But the Astros are growing a lot of talent in their system, and Cosart isn't so talented that he should expect to be able to say vile things, like he did on Twitter, with impunity.
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