ATLANTA – Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb apologized on Sunday for racist, homophobic and sexist tweets he sent as a teenager, calling them "a few stupid things". The 25-year-old spoke less than an hour after nearly battling the Los Angeles Dodgers. The tweets were sent in 2011 and 2012.
"I definitely regret it," said Newcomb. "I just wanted to apologize for any insensitive material … it was a long time ago, six or seven years ago, to say some stupid things to friends."
"I know that I've grown a lot since then" I did not mean anything about it. It was just something stupid I did a long time ago, and I did not mean to do it, "he said.
Major League Baseball dealt with a similar situation this monththe night he appeared in the .
"Such inappropriate comments have no place in our game. We are aware of this serious problem Billy Bean is meeting with Mr. Newcomb this week, and we will find a suitable diversity training course for him in the community of Atlanta, "MLB said in a statement.
Bean is MLB's Vice President for Social Responsibility and Integration, a former league outfield player and openly gay.
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"We are aware of the tweets that appeared after today's game and talked to Sean, the unbelievable is remorseful, "said the Braves in a statement posted on Twitter ." Regardless of how long he has previously posted them, he is aware of the insensitivity and take full responsibility. "