Shortly after the Washington Nationals fell to the Miami Marlins 5-0 on Sunday, Nationals shortstop Trea Turner found himself in an increasingly familiar position across the MLB.
Multiple old tweets of Turner’s surfaced on Twitter on Sunday afternoon that contained offensive language. The tweets in question date back to 2011 and 2012, when Turner would have been 17 or 18 years old, and at least four of them contain both racist language and homophobic slurs.
Be advised that the language used in the tweets below is offensive.
Turner apologized for his tweets on Sunday night in a statement through the Nationals.
“There are no excuses for my insensitive and offensive language on Twitter. I am sincerely sorry for those tweets and apologize wholeheartedly,” Turner said in the statement. “I believe people who know me understand those regrettable actions do not reflect my values or who I am. But I understand the hurtful nature of such language and am sorry to have brought any negative light to the Nationals organization, myself or the game I love.”
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo released a statement on Sunday night after speaking with Turner, too.
“I have spoken with Trea regarding the tweets that surfaced earlier tonight,” Rizzo said in a statement. “He understands that his comments — regardless of when they were posted — are inexcusable and is taking full responsibility for his actions. The Nationals organization does not condone discrimination in any form, and his comments in no way reflect the values of our club.
“Trea has been a good teammate and model citizen in our clubhouse, and these comments are not indicative of how he has conducted himself while part of our team. He has apologized to me and to the organization for his comments.”
Turner is the latest baseball player to have tweets of this nature surface. Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb had similar tweets surface on Sunday, while he was in the middle of trying to throw a no-hitter. Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader had several offensive tweets surface during his All-Star performance, and was then greeted with a standing ovation in his first appearance back at Miller Park.
Hader has since apologized for the tweets. The league did not suspend or fine him, though he will have to undergo sensitivity training. It is unclear if both Turner and Newcomb will face similar consequences.
Turner, who was selected in the 2014 MLB draft, was traded to the Nationals in 2015, where he made his MLB debut.
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