While Prime and I were taking in a viewing of Ant-Man and the Wasp, the All Star Game was taking place. You can imagine how surprised we were–trust me, we weren’t–when we found out after the movie that the AL won it in 10 innings. What we didn’t know was about Josh Hader’s performance, which was less than stellar, and the resulting fallout.
Somebody combed through Hader’s Twitter feed. All of it. Which meant that they found six to seven year old tweets that were racist, homophobic, and in one case, downright sexist.
There are fans defending this behavior, saying that “everyone does dumb things as a kid”. If it had been one or two tweets, I might be a bit more forgiving. But these were multiple. So unless Hader went from brain farts to full on brain death, I can’t defend this. Yes, he’s a Brewer. Yes, he’s one of my guys. But as I’ve often said, no one is above reproach. If someone screws up, they need to be held accountable. So yes, his behavior on Twitter was inexcusable. Instead of making his tweets protected, he should step up, own this, and do better. Will it be easy? No. But it’s the right thing to do and sometimes doing the right thing sucks. The right thing isn’t always the easy thing. But if you want to make amends, it needs to be done.
No, I’m not happy. This is the second time that I’ve had to rake one of my Brewers over the coals. (The first time was Matt Garza.) It sucks. It absolutely sucks. But I would be no better than some of the fans out there, turning a blind eye to this. I can’t do that.
Do better, Josh. Learn from this and do better.