In the age of social media, what one says can come back and haunt you years after you post something. Josh Hader found this out during this year’s All-Star game as several, less-than-enlightened things he had posted on Twitter came to light.
Sean Newcomb found this out the hard way today. Late in the game on Sunday. screenshots of tweets he had posted several years ago where he was using homophobic and racial slurs began circulating on Twitter. His response to the situation came shortly after the game.
Sean Newcomb said he saw the tweets resurfaced when he was on his phone after today’s game and he wanted to get ahead of it and apologize, so he asked the #Braves if he could meet with media now to issue statement.— Kelsey Wingert (@KelsWingert) July 29, 2018
“This is something that obviously can’t be happening. I feel bad about it. I don’t mean to offend anybody. I definitely regret it.” - Sean Newcomb— Kelsey Wingert (@KelsWingert) July 29, 2018
“I felt that it would be good to address it right away and just let people know that I meant nothing by it. I didn’t mean to offend anybody and I’ll make sure it doesn’t happen again. I’ll be smarter.” - #Braves Sean Newcomb @FOXSportsBraves— Kelsey Wingert (@KelsWingert) July 29, 2018
It is unclear at this point as to whether or not the team plans on issuing any further statements about the matter or take any further action. While it does seem true that Newcomb’s tweets (as far as we are aware) weren’t quite as bad as Hader’s, they were insensitive and offensive. What happens from here on out (both in the public eye and in the clubhouse) remains to be seen.
The Braves have released a statement regarding Newcomb’s tweets.