White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton has apologized for a since-deleted Tweet published during the Oscars on Sunday night which read, “What does it always have to be about black and white…? #American”, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.
The Oscars has received criticism for a lack of diversity, as for a second year in a row the acting categories had zero non-white nominees, Time Labs found. Host Chris Rock referenced the diversity problem in his opening monologue, and FOX News commentator Stacey Dash made an awkward appearance.
While all this was going on, Eaton made the unfortunate aforementioned tweet. He was met with immediate backlash and he ended up deleting the tweet. To his credit, he was receptive to criticism on Twitter, and that showed again when he apologized.
“I feel terrible, I truly do,” Eaton said. “However it came across, I feel terrible. It was a tweet basically to talk about equality, that’s realistically what I wanted to say.
Eaton went on to explain his rationale behind his original statement, but he took responsibility for what he said and didn’t blame people for taking offense, which is what a lot of other people in his position would have done.
Manager Robin Ventura said “it’s just better to stay off” Twitter because “you’re going to get some backlash, I don’t care what you say.”