Throughout the game, various tweets from Hader's account were unearthed that included racist, homophobic, or otherwise insensitive remarks. Hader's family even changed their wardrobe during the game:
Some members of Josh Hader’s family, wearing his All-Star replica jersey, have taken them off and been given generic jerseys without his name on the back.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 18, 2018
Hader was asked about those tweets during the postgame media session. Here's part of what he said:
Hader was at his locker in emptying NL locker room. He was asked to explain the offensive tweets revealed from his Twitter account:— David Lennon (@DPLennon) July 18, 2018
‘You can’t. There’s no excuse for what was said. I’m deeply sorry for what I’ve said … it doesn’t reflect any of my beliefs going on now.”
Josh Hader: “As a child I was immature. I said some things that are inexcusable.” He said they do not reflect is current beliefs. “There’s no excuse.”— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) July 18, 2018
Josh Hader apologized and said his awful tweets do not reflect his current views. “When you’re a kid, you tweet what’s on your mind,” he said.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) July 18, 2018
Hader said he plans to address his teammates. Said he is “ready for any consequences.”— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) July 18, 2018
Meanwhile, here's what one of Hader's teammates, Lorenzo Cain, had to say after the game:
Lorenzo Cain: "The situation is what it is. I know Hader. He’s a great guy. I know he’s a great teammate. I’m fine. Everybody will be OK. We’ll move on from it."— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) July 18, 2018
It's unclear what punishment Hader will face from the Brewers or the league. Major League Baseball has attempted to foster a more inclusive environment in recent years, in part by suspending players for using homophobic slurs on the field, like Matt Joyce and Kevin Pillar. Perhaps the most well-known instance involved Yuli Gurriel last World Series, when he made racist gestures directed at Yu Darvish. Gurriel , while Joyce and Pillar were each shelved for two games. Earlier this season, the Detroit Tigers due to 'insensitive comments' he made toward a team employee.
Things certainly aren't perfect and this will be a telling test. MLB hasn't yet had to address a situation like this, concerning a high-profile player's tweets.