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MLB: Josh Hader Must Take Sensitivity Training After Racist, Homophobic Tweets

Representatives from Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader must attend sensitivity training after a series of his racist and homophobic tweets surfaced during Tuesday night’s All-Star Game. Many of his tweets, posted between 2011 and 2012, involved use of the “n-word.” He once simply wrote that: “I hate gay people.” ESPN notes that Hader, the Brewers, and the MLB have all since apologized, and that Hader attributed his behavior to his age at the time. He said after the game that “It was something that happened when I was 17 years old...I was immature, and I obviously said some things that were inexcusable. That doesn’t reflect on who I am as a person today, and that’s just what it is.”

In their Wednesday statement, the MLB noted that “During last night’s game we became aware of Mr. Hader's unacceptable social media comments in years past and have since been in communication with the Brewers regarding our shared concerns...After the game, Mr. Hader took the necessary step of expressing remorse for his highly offensive and hurtful language, which fails to represent the values of our game and our expectations for all those who are a part of it. The Office of the Commissioner will require sensitivity training for Mr. Hader and participation in MLB's diversity and inclusion initiatives.” As of this report, there is no indication that he will be punished further.