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Alex Bregman rips a fan on Twitter, deletes his account in shame

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Astros third baseman Alex Bregman isn’t exactly a social media savant. Back in May he caused a bit of a controversy when he tweeted about wanting to “beat the s**t” out of the Rangers. It was a dumb controversy — all players want to beat the other team and they should feel free to say it — but it’s the sort of thing that teammates get a little rankled about and he could’ve saved himself some trouble if he had kept his hands off his phone.

The same goes for something a few days ago. It seems that some Astros fans were talking about hypothetical trade scenarios and one said that, maybe, it’d be better if the Astros had traded Bregman in a package for Chris Sale. Not exactly a controversial position, one wouldn’t think, and not the sort of thing one would expect a player to get upset about if they heard it.

But Bregman not only heard it, he sought it out by, apparently, by searching for his name. And when he found it he slid into the DMs (direct messages) of the Astros fan offering the opinion to berate him. Via Bleacher Report, here is the tweet with the screen caps of the exchange:

The coup de grace was Bregman saying that the fan was one of the “flees [sic] on the nutsack of society.” Actually, maybe the real highlight was when Bregman deleted his account in its entirely. That’s the sign of a man who knows he’s been beaten.

Major League Baseball has a social media policy. We don’t hear too much about it these days, but it’s there. I’m not sure if it contains a rule relating to “looking like an insecure jackwagon, calling people misspelled names and then deleting your account in shame,” but I imagine someone is looking into it.

Brewers reliever Josh Hader in hot water over racist, homophobic tweets from 2011-12

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Brewers reliever Josh Hader didn’t have a good night. He gave up four hits and a three-run homer to put the National League in a big hole in the All-Star Game. That’s the kind of thing that has to stick with you.

Oh, and he was also revealed to be a SUPER BIG racist, misogynist and homophobe. That’s gonna stick with him too, and may land him in trouble with Major League Baseball.

Someone decided to dig through Hader’s Twitter history this evening and when they did they found some ugly, ugly stuff in there from back in 2011-12.* Hader was found to have used the n-word, liberally. He said “I hate gay people.” He said some super misogynistic stuff about wanting a woman who will cook and clean for him, among other pretty damn vile things. There were multiple references to cocaine. He said “I’ll murder your family” to one person and made some total non-sequitur tweet simply saying “KKK.” You name a social media etiquette line that one can cross and Hader not only crossed it, but he totally and gleefully trampled over. If you want to see that vile stuff you can see it over at The Big Lead, which screen-capped it. I presume Hader has deleted them by now.

The news of Hader’s old, unearthed tweets bubbled out as the All-Star Game was going on, and reporters met Hader in the locker room right afterward for comment. Hader owned up to them — there was no “I was hacked” excuses offered here — saying that the tweets were a sign of immaturity when he was 17 years-old. He said he plans to apologize to his teammates, saying they don’t reflect on him as a person now. His quote: “No excuses. I was dumb and stupid.” Which, well, yes, obviously.

That may not be the end of it, however:

These tweets are old, Hader may be a different person now and people can do a lot of growing up between 17 and 24. But Major League Baseball is not happy tonight, I can assure you, that an ugly social media incident blew up during its biggest showcase of the regular season.

Will Hader be disciplined? Hard to say, given that Hader wasn’t even drafted yet when those tweets were made and given that MLB’s social media policy was not even in place then. But it would not shock me at all if more comes of this than Hader merely apologizing to his teammates. Stay tuned.

*There are several putative Hader tweets floating around Twitter right now of a more recent vintage. Hader has locked his account, however, and they cannot be confirmed, and many people who were able to access his account before it was locked said those tweets were not there before, with the suggestion that they were Photoshopped. We are neither in the position to — nor do we have the inclination to — verify which of Hader’s tweets are legitimate and which are fabricated. We know, however, that there is more than ample, awful stuff that he has owned up to and we’ll leave it at that for now.