Trevor Bauer Says He'll Use Twitter More Responsibly After College Student Beef

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2019

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer delivers in the sixth inning during Game 3 of a baseball American League Division Series against the Houston Astros, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Phil Long)
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Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer didn't exactly apologize for his Twitter spat with a college student, but he said he would use the social media platform "more responsibly in the future" during a Wednesday post:

Trevor Bauer @BauerOutage

the world. I have been made aware that some of the interactions related to a specific Twitter exchange may have had a negative impact. That was not my intention. I will wield the responsibility of my public platform more responsibly in the future.

Bauer also stressed that he doesn't want any of his fans or 135,000 Twitter followers to harass people he engages with as he shifts into a more responsible use of the platform.

This comes after A.J. Perez of USA Today reported college student Nikki Giles said she cried because of the harassment she received after a back-and-forth with Bauer on Twitter. She also reached out to the Indians regarding the incident.

"It has definitely ruined my last three days," Giles said. "I have cried daily and called my family crying because the first 12-24 hours or so I was getting a lot of hate."

Giles said Bauer "went almost a year back into my Twitter to find a tweet about me drinking two months before my 21st birthday and exposed it to his followers."

Part of the interaction was Bauer posting a tweet saying she was "obsessed" with him while making a video of him blocking her, but Perez pointed out he mentioned her in 80 different tweets compared to her mentioning him just 20 times.Β 

"I don't have the energy to hold a grudge and I don't have room in my heart for hatred," Giles said, per Perez. "So, all is forgiven and I hope everyone moves on. And I hope the situation reminded people to be kinder and gentler, especially when you're someone with a lot of influence on a lot of people."


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