MLB Players Caught Up in Scandals Over Past Social Media Posts

Bryan Brandom
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Prepare to be disappointed but not at all shocked: Another MLB player’s had a basement full of hateful tweets exposed.

Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb came within one strike of a no-hitter on Sunday night, surrendering a base hit to the Dodgers’ Chris Taylor in the top of the ninth.

Soon after, someone, probably a bitter Dodgers fan, discovered and exposed a series of gross tweets from his teenage years.

What a dumb, hateful piece of crap Newcomb apparently was in high school and, though he claims he’s changed, could still be.

At this point, we can’t be surprised at the alarming level of ignorance and hate flooding from the minds of young athletes, or anyone for that matter.

But what is still perplexing is how little’s been done to prevent such easily preventable scandals.

How hard is it for an agent to demand his or her player scrub their social media accounts?

Or for a team to mentor their players and recommend the same thing?

Or for a player to recognize what a s—ty individual they used to be (or still are) and do it themselves?

The sports world’s jointly shaming evil thoughts is valuable, subsequently enlightening future generations and discouraging them from having and spreading awful views. So the more it happens, the better.

But I can’t, for the life of me, comprehend how often this situation arises.

Perhaps teams, agents, and players are ignorant of the pervasiveness of ignorance.