We’ve all mentioned regrettable things, and sometimes those things return to haunt us. One of Major League Baseball players, that has been happening a lot lately.
During June’s All-Star Game at Washington, D.C., Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader became a trending topic on social networking, and it did not have anything to do with the fact he was getting absolutely pummeled on the field.It was for something else completely: tweets he delivered in his teens.Among these were references to”white power,” several uses of the n-word, and yet another that simply read,”I hate gay people.” Obviously, this was probably not the way the 24-year-old expected to recall his first career All-Star Game.Josh Hader. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images.Ever since then, people have discovered similarly offensive tweets out of Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb and Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner.
It is beginning an important conversation about how responsible people should be for things they used to think or said in the past.
Turner’s teammate Sean Doolittle chose to weigh in — where else? Doolittle and his spouse, Eireann Dolan, have a very long history of working with charities and supporting causes they believe in. From supporting the LGBTQ community to sharing Thanksgiving dinner with Syrian refugees, Doolittle and Dolan aren’t scared to talk for marginalized people.On Twitter, Doolittle tried to place this current issue in view, discussing his personal efforts to create a more inclusive league for both players and fans.He discouraged guards concerning how long ago something was said, urging people to stay focused on the content.At precisely the exact same time, he’s not calling for anybody to be shunned for something said a decade ago — because most of us have the chance to grow as people each and every moment.In addition, he shies away from calls for athletes to stop using social media for fear that something they say will be used to assault them later on. Instead, he calls on them to figure out ways to use social media to create a positive impact. If players have said things they no longer think, Doolittle thinks they need to delete them as a means to show they have grown.
Some might disagree with Doolittle’s evaluation, and that’s totally fine.
There are definitely some people who see this argument as being overblown, and there are surely some who think that these kinds of actions from yesteryear should specify the professions of the those who tweeted them.Putting that aside, though, this is a chance for us to be better individuals from the present.I asked Doolittle why he decided to speak out on this subject. He tells me that there’s absolutely an individual element involved, provided both that he and Dolan have consistently made an effort to foster inclusivity — as well as the fact that he has close friends and family who’ve been targeted with the identical kind of language used in Hader’s, Newcomb’s, and Turner’s older tweets, and he also understands just how much it could hurt.”I didn’t need to pile on, but I didn’t need to issue a free pass,” he says, continuing:
“I think we must allow for a demonstration of growth. We can not just bury these guys; this has to be a learning experience so the next generation of athletes learns not just that it’s incorrect to use that sort of language, however why it is incorrect to use that sort of language. Because every time it’s used, even if it’s used in jest, it normalizes it. The lesson shouldn’t be about ensuring we conceal mistakes we made previously, it should be about showing that we’ve grown from these.”
I have said a great deal of items that I regret in my entire life. I have been mean, cruel, and hurtful along with my own words. It is not something I am proud of, but it is the reality.While I’d like to think that I have grown a lot since then, and I’ve attempted to put in the work required to be the very best version of myself today, there is absolutely nothing I can do to change one of those regretful moments. Maybe, in the very least, it shouldn’t become a barrier to present and future advancement.Growing beyond our errors sufficient to recognize them and avoid repeating them is equally important. If you make an error — whether that’s telling offensive jokes, lashing out at a friend who got on your nerves, or yelling slurs when you’re young — at least attempt to learn from it.