By Brett Kinnard In what was supposed to be a week of celebration for his first-half dominance across the MLB, Josh Hader’s all-star experience quickly turned into a nightmare. While he was pitching in the seventh inning of the all-star game on Tuesday in DC, several tweets surfaced from when he was a teenager that contained racist remarks. With that ensued a media frenzy that filled the news outlets during a relatively slow all-star week.
Fast forward to Friday, Hader held a team meeting in which he broke down to his teammates asking for forgiveness and support during these trying times. Not too much longer after, a scheduled press conference was held in which all members of the team joined him in the press room to show support for their teammate and friend. It was a powerful visual of the unanimously expressed feelings from the Brewer ball club that Hader’s tweets from his teenage years weren’t representative of his current beliefs.
Longtime teammate and roommate Brett Phillips gave more of an explanation. “That’s not who Hader is as a person today. And I can look you straight in the eyes and tell you that’s not who he is.” He expressed his remorse and regret during the press conference. “They were never my beliefs. I was young and I was just saying things out of ignorance.” He reiterated how important his teammates’ support was and that this hard time has shown him how close of a family this Brewer team is.
Hader has begun sensitivity training from the MLB’s ambassador and will continue to progress through that program as the season goes on. He will not miss any time for the tweets.