Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner became the latest MLB player embroiled in controversy after tweets from years back surfaced displaying the youngster in a racist and homophobic light.
Unlike the others before him, Turner’s apology seemed to be heartfelt and genuine ahead of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Tuesday.
Wiping back tears, here is what the 25-year-old infielder said.
Video of Turner’s opening statement pic.twitter.com/oA1Rkqfckf
— Jamal Collier (@JamalCollier) July 31, 2018
That’s certainly not going to change the way many feel about Turner. Some will call it a mistake. But that’s not the issue here. It’s the mentality a younger adult version of Turner showed on social media — one that came across racist and homophobic.
Even then, there’s not a whole lot Turner can do about this moving forward. He has now issued a statement apologizing and took to the video camera to show remorse. We applaud the young man for that.