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Josh Hader responds to tweets after All-Star game

Kristopher Love | 18 July, 2018, 16:39

The MLB All-Star game was marred by a scandal involving Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader after racist and anti-gay tweets he had sent as a 17-year-old began to circulate on social media.

Someone chose to dig through Hader's Twitter history this evening and when they did they found some ugly, ugly stuff in there from back in 2011-12.* Hader was found to have used the n-word, liberally.

Hader appeared in his first All-Star game at the top of the 8th inning on Tuesday, but was replaced after just 26 pitches. He apologized - saying he was 17 and immature at the time of the tweets. I was immature and I said some things that were inexcusable. That doesn't reflect on the person I am today. "It doesn't reflect any of my beliefs now". "I'm deeply sorry for what I've said and what's been going on, and like I said, it doesn't reflect any of my beliefs going on now".

'There's no excuse for what was said, ' said the 24-year-old Hader. 'I really don't know exactly what's all out there'.

When asked if he is anxious about facing any potential discipline from the league, Hader said he is "ready for any consequences".

At least one tweet used the N-word, according to SB Nation, which noted that the tweets have since been deleted and Hader's account has been switched from public to private mode. Hader said he did not "vividly" remember the tweets. We're still learning who we are in high school. When asked to provide context for the messages, he replied that he didn't know what was circulated but said he was "sure" they were rap lyrics.

Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem, speaking outside the National League clubhouse, said he had spoken to Hader. "You can't, there's no excuse for what was said".

Update: Lorenzo Cain - also an All-Star and Hader's Milwaukee teammate - was asked about Hader's comments after the game.

The night didn't go well for Hader on the mound either.

"We'll move on from it", Cain said.

Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich said: "I don't know what he did or what happened".

That didn't translate in the 2018 MLB All-star game after Jean Segura hit a massive three-run homer off of him.