Major League Baseball player Sean Newcomb has apologised for a series of homophobic and racist tweets he wrote when he was a teenager, GayStar News reports.
The tweets, from 2011 and 2012, include:
The tweets resurfaced recently and were brought to his attention at a press conference following a winning game.
“I definitely regret it, for sure,” Newcomb said when asked about the tweets by reporters. “I just wanted to apologize for any insensitive material. It was a long time ago, six or seven years ago, saying some stupid stuff with friends.
“I know I’ve grown a lot since then. I didn’t mean anything by it. It was just something stupid I did a long time ago and I didn’t mean anything by it, for sure.”
His club, Atlanta Braces, said they are aware of the tweets and would be working with Newcomb to ensure they won’t happen again. “We find the tweets hurtful and incredibly disappointing and even though he was 18 or 19 years old when posted, it doesn’t make them any less tolerable. We will work together with Sean towards mending the wounds created in our community.”