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Friday, October 18, 2019

Sean Doolittle shares insightful thoughts on social media dilemma

Sean Newcomb

Now that it has become a hobby for Twitter users to dig up racist, sexist, homophobic and other inappropriate things athletes wrote on social media years ago, many players are weighing in on what needs to change. If you ask Sean Doolittle, the problem isn’t just about people forgetting to clean up their old tweets.

On Monday, Doolittle posted an insightful thread on his personal Twitter account. The Washington Nationals reliever called for athletes — young and old — to be more responsible with comments they make and opinions they share publicly.

On Sunday, both Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb and Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner were forced to apologize after some offensive tweets they sent years ago resurfaced. You would think they would have learned after what happened to a star college basketball player during the NCAA Tournament. And if that wasn’t enough of a warning, the same exact thing happened to a fellow MLB player during the All-Star Game.

While it’s easy to excuse ignorant things athletes tweet when they’re teenagers, that doesn’t make them right. Doolittle’s thoughts on the issue make a lot of sense.

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