Josh Hader is a pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers and widely considered by many to be a rising star in MLB thanks, in part, to his powerful fastball. Or rather he was considered a rising star in MLB until his antigay past recently came back to haunt him.
Hader’s troubles began after a series of racist, sexist, and homophobic he had written back in 2011 and 2012 resurfaced during last week’s All Star game against the Seattle Mariners.
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“I was just 17 years old. I was a child,” the 24-year-old athlete said during an emergency press conference shortly after the tweets resurfaced. “I was immature and I said some things that were inexcusable. It does not reflect on the person I am today.”
He continued, “Obviously when you’re a kid you tweet what’s on your mind. There’s no excuse for what was said. I’m deeply sorry for what was said.”
But not everyone has been quick to accept Hader’s hasty apology.
On Thursday night, the Brewers played the Giants in San Francisco. When Hader jogged out to the mound, rather than the standing ovation he’s grown accustomed to, he was received with loud boos from the crowd.
Chorus of boos for Josh Hader here in San Francisco.
It's Hader's first road game since his racist and homophobic tweets surfaced. pic.twitter.com/3m0oqKgyPp
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Afterwards, Hader was asked about being booed by the crowd.
“I can’t let my mistakes distract me from doing my job,” he said. “I don’t like what I said back then and obviously regret what came out.”
He added, “We live and learn as human beings. We’re not perfect. You learn from what you do and become a better person from it.”
Hader has been ordered to participate in both sensitivity training and inclusion initiatives.