It seems to be deja vu for baseball fans this month. After Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader apologized two weeks ago for racist tweets that he posted in 2011, Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner has followed suit. And based on the statement he offered to the gathered media on Tuesday afternoon, Turner's remorse is quite real.
Video of Turner’s opening statement pic.twitter.com/oA1Rkqfckf— Jamal Collier (@JamalCollier) July 31, 2018
On Sunday night, tweets made by Turner that contained anti-gay and racist comments dating back to 2011 and 2012 were brought to the public's attention after the Nationals' 5-0 loss to the Miami Marlins. Below are some of the tweets brought to light: (warning: language used in the tweets below is offensive).
This is already the third instance this month in which a major league player has had offensive tweets resurface. Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb also got exposed for making homophobic, racially insensitive tweets earlier this past week.
Both Hader and Newcomb have formally apologized for their tweets, and on Tuesday afternoon, Turner held an emotional press conference to do the same.
Apologizing for wrongdoings of the past is the first step in gaining respect back from fans, and in this instance, Turner seems to be sincere. Let's hope he is the last player we hear about involving this topic.