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New Mets prospect Noah Syndergaard used gay slur in tweet

By C. Trent Rosecrans | Blogger

Dear Baseball players -- stop it with the gay slurs already.

Nobody's saying you can't say those words, but we're saying if you do, be prepared to deal with the consequences.

The latest to use a word that most in polite society deem unacceptable is newly acquired Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard. The 20-year-old tweets from @NoahSyndergaard, which according to the New York Daily News had a post using a gay slur. The tweet is no longer on Syndergaard's timeline.

According to the newspaper, the Mets are "looking into the matter."

Listen, you may not see anything wrong with using that word. I do, as do many others. The Mets and Blue Jays are businesses and as a former Blue Jays employee and current Mets employee, Syndergaard and other players have an obligation to represent their employers in a way the teams see fit. If I were to tweet such a thing, I can guarantee you CBSSports.com would be unhappy and could justifiably take action against me.

Syndergaard was a key part of the deal that sent R.A. Dickey to Toronto. Jason Parks on BaseballProspectus.com ranked Syndergaard as the Mets' No. 3 overall prospect.

You'd think after being in the organization that dealt with the Yunel Escobar eye black situation this past season, Syndergaard would know better. He, obviously, did not. He is expected to be on a conference call later Tuesday and will likely apologize. Let's just hope he understands why he is apologizing.

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