Hide your tweets, hide your updates. People are digging up old social media posts.
That said, this witch hunt doesn’t come up empty as now the fourth major league baseball player in two months has been connected to racist and homophobic tweets.
The baseball player of the hour this time is White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech who was caught deleting racist and homophobic tweets he made back in 2013 after screenshots of the tweets were spread online.
Again, the tweets were made in 2013 when Kopech was 17 (he’s now 22). As for the contents, they included stupid comments connecting Mexicans to rapists (sounds familiar) and upholding the whole “that’s gay” mentality.
The tweets are stupid and childish, and Kopech agrees. He says that’s why he deleted them. To explain further why he deleted the tweets, Kopech spoke to the Chicago Sun-Times.
"I had to delete some stuff," he told them. "Things I said that were immature and inappropriate. I used some poor language in there. Obviously, I'm trying to be looked at as a role model and the last thing I want to do is have some kid look at what I'm saying and take it the wrong way.
"It's unfortunate that I was ever at that point mentally, but it's not who I am now. Yeah, I cleaned some tweets up and tried to get rid of them. But, obviously, people saw them. It's not who I am now and it's not who I want to be. It was something I did in high school, and with everything I've gone through in pro ball the last five seasons I feel like a big part of my career was maturing. Hate to see it, but it's not who I am anymore."
While deleting the tweets were clearly just an attempt to save face and clearly the tweets were the stupid words of an immature teenager, they still have some pretty hurtful messages. Especially the one about Mexicans.
But question is, are they worth arguing over five years later? What do you think?