Diversity Training Isn’t A Punishment: Lessons from Athletes Who Say Bad Things

On July 29, the Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb came within one out of pitching a no-hitter. Actually, he even came within one strike. This was a remarkable achievement. No-hitters are pretty rare – on average, there are about two no-hitters every year out of 2,430 total games played. Even though Newcomb didn’t quite make it all the way, his performance was good enough to make headlines.

Then people found his tweets.

As soon as Newcomb found this new level of fame, people all over the internet looked through his old tweets and found some truly hurtful, discriminatory posts from when Newcomb was a senior in high school.

And here’s the thing: this is not the first time we’ve seen this story. Just a few weeks ago, homophobic and racist tweets from Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader were resurfaced during the All-Star game. And just after the Newcomb story broke, racist tweets by his teammate Trea Turner were brought to light.

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