New­comb apol­o­gizes to Braves for in­flam­ma­tory tweets he sent as a teen

The Province - - SPORTS | BASEBALL - CHARLES ODUM

ATLANTA — Braves lefthander Sean New­comb apol­o­gized to his team­mates on Mon­day for racist, ho­mo­pho­bic and sex­ist tweets he sent as a teenager.

New­comb’s apol­ogy was de­liv­ered in a meet­ing at­tended by play­ers, coaches, man­ager Brian Snitker and Atlanta staff.

En­der In­cia­rte and Dansby Swan­son said play­ers ac­cepted the apol­ogy. Each said tweets made pub­lic on Sun­day did not rep­re­sent New­comb’s ac­tions on the team.

“I think New­comb is one of the best team­mates I’ve ever had,” In­cia­rte said. “He’s such a good per­son and a great ex­am­ple and role model for this or­ga­ni­za­tion, I’m more than proud to talk about the kind of per­son he is.”

Swan­son, the short­stop who played with New­comb in the Braves’ mi­nor league sys­tem be­fore their time to­gether in Atlanta, said he doesn’t ex­pect the in­ci­dent to cause prob­lems in the club­house.

“I think at the end of the day ev­ery­one re­al­izes that does not di­rectly re­flect who he is,” Swan­son said of New- comb’s tweets.

New­comb, 25, said he spoke Mon­day with Billy Bean, MLB’s vice-pres­i­dent for so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity and in­clu­sion, and in­tends to meet with Bean when the Braves are in New York this week.

Bean is also ex­pected to sched­ule a meet­ing with Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als short­stop Trea Turner af­ter Turner’s ho­mo­pho­bic and racially in­sen­si­tive tweets from 2011 and 2012 sur­faced Sun­day night. The 25-year-old Turner apol­o­gized in a state­ment re­leased by the Na­tion­als.

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