Trea Turner Old Racist and Homophobic Tweets Surface After Loss to Marlins

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 30, 2018

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 25:  Trea Turner #7 of the Washington Nationals anticipates a pitch during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on July 25, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner is the latest professional athlete to have old tweets resurface that cast him in a negative light.

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):

Blake Bortles is Elite @BBBortles5

@chelsea_janes I got you Chelsea https://t.co/yWYVsktDDz

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo provided a statement on the 25-year-old player, via Mark Zuckerman of MASN:

Mark Zuckerman @MarkZuckerman

Mike Rizzo issues statement on Trea Turner ... https://t.co/4mNru6HanK

Turner apologized for his past words in a statement, via Dan Kolko of MASN:

Dan Kolko @masnKolko

Trea Turner has released the following statement: https://t.co/Ea65q1IDWn

Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb had similar tweets surface Sunday.

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader also apologized after old offensive tweets were found during the All-Star break. He received boos in his first road appearance since he made headlines.

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.