Nationals' Turner the latest player to have insensitive tweets uncovered
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On Sunday, Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner joined fellow major leaguers Josh Hader of the Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb as players who've had insensitive tweets from their past uncovered.
After Newcomb issued an apology Sunday for offensive tweets that surfaced online following a near no-hitter, a Braves fan account dug up the following from Turner's account in 2011 and 2012:
Turner's tweets have since disappeared, and the Nationals issued the following statement:
Meanwhile, the 25-year-old Turner issued an apology, via Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports.
"There are no excuses for my insensitive and offensive language on Twitter. I am sincerely sorry for those tweets and apologize wholeheartedly," Turner wrote. "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."
Hader's offensive tweets were the first to start the firestorm when they appeared on the web as he pitched in the recent All-Star Game. As a result, the Brewers' star reliever was assigned mandatory sensitivity training by the league, but he was not suspended.
There's been no word on whether Newcomb and/or Turner will be required to undergo the same sensitivity training or face other punishment.