Ryan Young of Yahoo Sports reported Sunday that Turner had racist and homophobic tweets dating back to 2011-2012, when he was 17-18 years old. Twitter user @BBBortles5 provided a sampling of the tweets (warning: NSFW content):
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo provided a statement on the 25-year-old player, via Mark Zuckerman of MASN:
Turner apologized for his past words in a statement, via Dan Kolko of MASN:
Turner is in his fourth season with the Nationals but the first where he has been able to stay moderately healthy. After failing to play more than 100 games in a season entering 2018, he has appeared in all 105 Nationals games this year.
He also entered the day with a league-leading 466 plate appearances to go with a .267 batting average, 13 home runs and 24 stolen bases.