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Atlanta Braves' Newcomb apologizes for awful tweets in 2011 and 2012

With Newcomb in the midst of a no-hit bid that ended with two outs in the ninth inning Sunday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Twitter user @NatsSquid dug up Newcomb's old tweets.


Reuters 29 Jul 2018, 11:14 PM United States

Atlanta Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb apologized Sunday for racist and homophobic tweets he posted in 2011 and 2012.

Less than two weeks after the Twitter-verse located insensitive remarks that Josh Hader posted when the Milwaukee Brewers reliever was in high school, the same thing occurred involving Newcomb.

With Newcomb in the midst of a no-hit bid that ended with two outs in the ninth inning Sunday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Twitter user @NatsSquid dug up Newcomb's old tweets.

According to USA Today Sports, Newcomb was an 18-year-old at Middleboro (Mass.) High School when he posted the insensitive comments.

The newspaper reported that one of the tweets containing a racist slur was quoting a lyric from a rap song, "The Motto" by Drake featuring Lil' Wayne and Tyga.

Other tweets apparently directed homophobic slurs toward classmates.

When questions about the tweets postgame Sunday, Newcomb said, "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. ...

"(I) meant nothing by it. I didn't mean to offend anybody and I'll make sure it doesn't happen again."

Major League Baseball responded to Hader's old tweets by sending him sensitivity training but not issuing a suspension.

Newcomb, 25, gave up one hit and one run with one walk and eight strikeouts in a 4-1 win over the Dodgers on Sunday. He improved to 10-5 with a 3.23 ERA in 21 starts.

As a rookie last year, Newcomb went 4-9 with a 4.32 ERA in 19 starts.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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