Braves disappointed after offensive tweets from Sean Newcomb surface

Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb didn’t have much time to celebrate the best start of his career Sunday. While Newcomb was attempting to complete a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers, some offensive tweets he made in 2011 and 2012 surfaced.

In at least seven tweets, Newcomb used a homophobic slur. One of Newcomb’s tweets contains a song lyric that has a racially offensive term in it. We’ve linked to the tweets above, but be advised that the language used in those tweets is offensive. 

Those tweets emerged as Newcomb was attempting to throw a no-hitter. He eventually lost the no-hitter with two outs in the ninth inning during the team’s 4-1 win.

Instead of celebrating that performance following the game, Newcomb responded to questions regarding his tweets. He told reporters he regrets using that language.

The Braves released a statement after the game saying they find the tweets “hurtful and incredibly disappointing.” They added they would work with Newcomb to mend the “wounds created in our community.”

The 25-year-old Newcomb is not the first pitcher to have offensive tweets surface while on the mound this season. Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader had a number of offensive tweets passed around during his All-Star Game performance. 

Hader apologized for those tweets. The league did not suspend or fine Hader, but the reliever will have to undergo sensitivity training.

Hader has pitched a few times since the All-Star Game. In his first appearance at Miller Park, fans gave him a standing ovation. When Hader pitched on the road against the San Francisco Giants, he was greeted with boos.

Newcomb is slated to make his next start on the road against the New York Mets.

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Jul 29, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Sean Newcomb (15) on the mound against the Los Angeles Dodgers at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 29, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Sean Newcomb (15) on the mound against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports
ATLANTA, GA - JULY 29: Sean Newcomb #15 of the Atlanta Braves throws a ninth inning pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers at SunTrust Park on July 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JULY 29: The SunTrust Park scoreboard is shown as Sean Newcomb #15 of the Atlanta Braves was one strike away from a no-hitter in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Newcomb's no-hitter ended on a single by Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Jul 29, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Sean Newcomb (15) reacts after giving up a no hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 29, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Sean Newcomb (15) reacts after giving up a no hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports
ATLANTA, GA - JULY 29: Sean Newcomb #15 of the Atlanta Braves reacts after being removed from the game in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at SunTrust Park on July 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JULY 29: Atlanta Braves Starting pitcher Sean Newcomb (15) leaves the game in the ninth inning during the MLB game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves on July 29, 2018, at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, GA. The Braves defeated the Dodgers 4-1. (Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JULY 29: Sean Newcomb #15 of the Atlanta Braves is congratulated by Ender Inciarte #11 as teammates line up to greet Newcomb after throwing a one-hit game through 8 2/3 innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers at SunTrust Park on July 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JULY 29: Sean Newcomb #15 of the Atlanta Braves is interviewed after the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at SunTrust Park on July 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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