Trea Turner fights tears apologizing in front of media

Brian Tinsman
July 31, 2018 - 10:29 pm
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"It's not when I said the things that I said. It's that I said them at all."

Trea Turner held no notes as he sat behind a simple microphone and addressed the media. Tweets that he sent with insensitive language from 2011 and 2012 had been long forgotten before a Twitter user excavated them this weekend, casting Turner in a sinister light for the first time in his career.

As he moved through a laundry list of apologies, his emotions were clearly hard to contain:

"I want to apologize to everybody who was affected by the things that I said: the LBGT community, the African American community, the special needs community," Turner said. "I'm truly sorry for what I said. I want to take full responsibility for that."

He also apologized to his teammates, general manager Mike Rizzo and the Nationals organization, which has stood by Turner through the news cycle. He called his apology to the fans that most important step.

"Bringing this distraction to the team, to this organization, I'm sorry for that as well," he continued. "That's a clear learning point from this, to make sure that everybody is aware of what they're saying at all times. No matter how you use it, or what context you think you're using it in, words hurt and it's wrong. 

"As an athlete, I want to use my platform for good and make a difference in a positive way. I think I can do that and I want to do that...I'm truly sorry for what I said."

 

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