Baseball star is sorry for homophobic tweets

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Michael Kopech, a pitcher who made his Major League Baseball debut this week for the Chicago White Sox, called people “gay,” “n****” and “a Mexican rapist version of Super Mario” in the posts. The 22-year-old has become the latest in a series of baseball players exposed for their offensive posts, including Sean Newcomb and Trea Turner, who also were forced to apologize for the hateful speech. Kopech, who was 16 and 17 when he sent the tweets, also created an untagged post in which he asked: “Were you calling us fags?” and admitted in an interview that there was some stuff he had to delete from Twitter because the poor language he used there was immature and inappropriate, this is not who he is now and not whom he wants to be. “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,” he added.

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