Baseball, Josh Hader, Josh Eight discussed on ABC News Perspective
A batch of racist misogynist homophobic tweets that Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh hater had authored while in highschool at raised difficult questions I among them was? Why did hater harbor such thoughts let alone. Feel empowered to broadcast them publicly but the situation is also prompting baseball to. Ask itself how did haters posts live online for so long and without his employers seeing them and what can be done to avoid. Such. Embarrassments in the future Here's this weekend's Jennifer Kushinka social media. Posts have tripped up a lot of people recently including major league baseball players now the league is trying. To do something about it Jared. Diamond of the Wall. Street Journal has the, story Jared did a controversy involving Josh hater of the brewers change baseball's approach to player social media, it's certainly changed the approach by some teams. And especially agents because the Josh Hader situation what's happened benign of the all star game in mid-july was shocking for a lot of reasons the first and most important was, the, things, that Josh eight, tweeted, while in high school were just horrific they were beyond the least bad so many horrible tweets that's first and foremost? And the fact that he had these beliefs. Is a huge problem and something that maybe baseball control. But is there's a larger issue in society so we're baseball comes in is this and that he'd been in the major leagues for over a year He's been three professional organization he's, got an agent for over. Half a decade and no one has ever seen these. Tweets they were just sitting there on his time line. Just, waiting for somebody to find them and bring them back up which is exactly what's happened. I think it's a lot of people especially agents who realized very quickly that maybe they're. Sort of? Process for vetting clients and vetting their social media history was not as robust as. Maybe it should have been have some other players been caught up in the same thing they have so. After the Josh hater situation there. Was a bit of. A a spurt of, best fan going back through players do they didn't like Twitter timelines and looking sort of on a, mission to find things that need them look. Really bad I'm not all, of them were as bad as the stuff Josh heater a tweeted but Tom Get lost over, five six years when these tweets were written the internet doesn't really forgive very well and there really isn't any. Nuance any situation so when there is anything on Twitter that. You wrote in the past that is remotely compromising let alone really vile. Like some of the things Josh, eight or it's going to look bad and it's going to be bad for that, player and that's what happened with two three four different players after Josh eight or getting caught up in similar situations we're. Speaking with Jared diamond of the Wall Street Journal Jared what, did baseball, do after, this incident Josh Hader he. Was he was not suspended you, would not find he was not punished I don't think baseball under even the collective bargaining agreement. Would have the ability to punish someone for actions, that, took place before he was an. Employee or part of the union. Major, league baseball that said he was sent to. Sensitivity training and he's gonna do some work and some of, the sort of diversity efforts that baseball has with some of. These other guys they may not have been, punished but beyond the sensitivity training we'll, see I don't really know what that. Is or what it really the biggest issue. Here is that what these guys did what they tweeted while I'm high school was terrible and, nothing is absolving them what they said I don't think it's, reasonable or fair to say well, they were seventeen eighteen years old they they didn't. Know any better well they did, no, better right teen years old you do know sort of the difference between. Right and wrong especially when it comes to racial or, sexist, or homophobic language so I don't wanna Make it sound like I'm absolving However I do understand why the league and why the union. Why agents are saying we have to do a better job of making sure this doesn't happen again does it seem like the public and maybe the teams have even accepted. What Josh Hader and some others. Have said that they were, this way. Then they've changed they're not that way now I think that's definitely something that's possible. I do think that people are, on the internet don't leave room for people to grow I do believe that someone can be. One way JT a different person by twenty five, twenty, six I believe that one hundred. Percent do I know that's the. Case, with some of these guys were talking about. No I don't know what the this weekend's Jennifer Kushinka with, Wall Street Journal baseball writer Jared Diamond's thirty minutes after the. Hour on this weekend.