By the time the left-handed pitcher got back to the dugout after giving up the pivotal home run, some of his old racist and homophobic tweets had been exposed, including those that read, "White power lol", "KKK", and "I hate gay people". The tweets were offensive and racist.
Said Hader: "I was just 17 years old".
MLB Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem said he had talked to Hader, and the league is expected to issue a statement on the matter in the coming days. I obviously said some things that were inexcusable. It does not reflect on the person I am today. "I really don't know what all is out there". "You can't, there's no excuse for what was said". He made his major league debut in June 2017. "I was in high school and we're still learning who we are in high school".
It was also reported that members of Hader's family in attendance at the game had changed their shirts to blank National League gear after being told of the developing scandal.
Asked about the context of the tweets, Hader said: "I'm sure there were some rap lyrics being (tweeted)". He was young. We all say some insane stuff when we're young, ' Cain said.
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Teammate Lorenzo Cain added: "We all say insane stuff when we're young, that's one reason why I don't have social media, because you always get in trouble for it".
"There's no excuse for what was said and, ya know, I'm deeply sorry for what I've said", he added. Cain said he did not ask for an apology and simply wanted to understand the situation before speaking with reporters. This mistake won't happen again'. "He was young. We all say some insane stuff when we're young".
The reliever, who appeared in the eighth inning and gave up three runs and four hits, including a three-run homer to Mariners shortstop Jean Segura, said he wasn't aware of the controversy until after the game.
"We move on from it.it is what it is".
CBSSports.com notes that Major League Baseball has tried to foster a more inclusive environment in recent years, in part by suspending players for using homophobic slurs on the field, like Matt Joyce and Kevin Pillar.
"I'm completely and utterly embarrassed and feel terrible to have put the fans, my teammates and the Blue Jays organizion in this position".