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Josh Hader apologizes for racist, homophobic tweets from past that surface during his All-Star Game appearance

Jon Meoli
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Josh Hader's All-Star Game debut, 40 minutes from his hometown of Millersville, had already gone badly when he presided over a three-run eighth inning that put the National League down in an eventual 8-6 loss at Nationals Park.

Then, as the former Orioles draft pick and current Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher exited the game and returned to the clubhouse, he realized the three-run home run he allowed to Jean Segura would be the least of his problems.

Hader, 24, had a set of tweets using racist, homophobic and sexist language uncovered as he was on the mound in the All-Star Game, language he called "inexcusable" in a postgame media session. To read the graphic tweets, click here.

"It was something that happened when I was 17 years old, and as a child, I was immature," Hader said. "I obviously said some things that were inexcusable. That doesn't reflect on who I am as a person today, and that's just what it is."

"There's no excuse for what was said. I'm deeply sorry for what I said, and what has been going on. Like I said, it doesn't reflect any of my beliefs going on now."

However, when asked what had changed about his beliefs between then and now, Hader had no response.

In one tweet, dated Oct. 25, 2011, Hader tweeted lyrics from the Juicy J song, "Durr She Go," that used the N-word. Another dated July 23, 2011, said simply, "I hate gay people." Some of the tweets are also sexually graphic and demeaning toward women.

On Feb. 17, 2012, one tweet showed a white fist and the words "white power."

"I really don't know exactly what's all out there," Hader said.

Hader couldn't explain why they were all still on his account, which was since made private.

"No deletes," Hader said. "Obviously, when you're a kid, you just tweet what's on your mind. That's what's on [there.]"

Hader said he left the game to his phone "blowing up."

"I got done with the game, and they said I need to kind of look at what's going on," Hader said.

The Old Mill graduate had 14 close family members at the game that he brought, and countless others supporting him with the game so close by. Asked whether it would be a difficult conversation with them, he said he was "young, immature and stupid.”

"There's no excuses for what was said or what happened," he said.

“I was in high school. We're still learning who we are in high school, and you live and you learn. This mistake won't happen again.”

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