Athlete Ally responded today to the news that Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb and Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner have joined Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader in acknowledging and apologizing for racist and homophobic tweets.
“Toxic masculinity, racism and homophobia have deep, lasting impact—and recognizing that impact presents an opportunity to be better,” said Hudson Taylor, executive director of Athlete Ally. “The fact that these players have swiftly apologized is a sign of progress, and underscores just how vital it is that we continue to dismantle racism, homophobia and transphobia in and through sport. Through increased awareness, education and advocacy, we’re working with athletes to identify where misconceptions are rooted, how damaging they can be, and the power of not just owning up to mistakes, but actively working to model compassion and inclusiveness moving forward.”
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