Trea Turner apologizes for insensitive old tweets

Brian Tinsman
July 29, 2018 - 11:52 pm

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports


The long memory of celebrity Twitter accounts struck again on Sunday night, as Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner became the latest athlete to apologize for insensitive tweets made long before he was famous.

The tweets, which were made on several occasions in late 2011 and early 2012 from his same account, include a crude joke about interracial relationships and use of slurs against homosexual and intellectually disabled people. Here are a few that are making the rounds on Twitter.

The Nationals were swift to release statements on behalf of Turner and general manager Mike Rizzo, to apologize. 

"I have spoken with Trea regarding the tweets that surfaced earlier tonight. He understands that his comments--regardless of when they were posted--are inexcusable and his taking full responsibility for his actions. The Nationals organization does not condone discrimination in any form, and his comments in no way reflect the value 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 was also credited with the following statement:

"There is no excuse for my insensitive and offensive language on Twitter. I am sincerely sorry for those tweets and apologize wholeheartedly. 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.

Turner becomes the third player in two weeks to be dinged for old, rude or racist tweets, joining Josh Hader, whose tweets came to light during his MLB All-Star appearance, and Sean Newcomb, whose tweets came to light when he nearly threw a no-hitter this weekend.

All three sent the tweets when they were teenagers, and all three have apologized for their actions. Hader got a standing ovation when he returned to Milwaukee, but was booed during the Brewers' road trip to San Francisco.

Only time will tell how this affects Turner and the Nationals, facing a tough stretch to close out the season on a happy note.


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