Josh Hader just came onto my radar this week. I do not follow baseball except to see how the Chicago Cubs are doing, and as of late they are doing nicely. I really do not care about the Milwaukee Brewers, but can fake awareness if pressed in a conversation at a gathering.
So when the racist homophobic musings of Hader came to my attention I had to ask who was this person who had made such awful comments. Appropriately from sports reports he has an amazing fastball. But then he also has a sad soul.
As a late teenager he sent out messages on social media which were racist, homophobic, misogynistic, and threatening. Such a misunderstood young man, some might say. Or Hader might just be what he seems in the light of day.
Simply nothing more than white trash.
“White power lol”
“N—–bot? The (expletive)! That just made my night! Smh”
“I hate gay people.”
The tweets were sent between 2011 and 2012, some coming less than two months before Hader’s 18th birthday – and less than four months before he was a 19th-round draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles.
Hader is all apologetic now that the national limelight has alerted all to his nasty thinking. But there is nothing in his comments now that can undo the racist angry white male hatred that was showcased in his tweets,
And let us be mindful that this is not just another episode of some jock who got caught up in his past.
What has been released shows the most vile and offensive comments by an athlete to ever be made known in a case of this type. This is not your garden variety of hate speech. His tweets run the full gamut of bigotry, from racism to homophobia to misogyny. The outrage is more than justified.
I am not a Brewer fan and have no reason to even attempt to grant Hader any leeway. I come from a background in broadcasting and politics where words matter–every one of them. I also come with a background where making remarks of his kind is never allowed.