A New York Yankees player is getting a ton of criticism from social media over words he put on Twitter when he was back in High School.
New York Yankees pitcher Nestor Cortes apologized and deactivated his Twitter account after old tweets he wrote about a decade ago surfaced online Sunday. The tweets included the use of racial slurs
“I felt like it wasn’t the right message that I wanted to send out when I was 17 years old,” the left-hander said before Monday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles. “Those happened 10 years ago. I deactivated my Twitter to clean stuff up.”
“It’s not acceptable,” he added. “I think I could have managed myself and said stuff differently. But I’m here today to say that I’m going to work on it and fix it.”
After seeing the screenshots, Cortes said he was “a little pissed off at myself for that stuff.”
“I like to attract all the kids and maybe people who look at themselves like me, not the prototype, not the 6-foot-5, the 97 mph,” he said, via NJ.com. “Hopefully I can start sending better messages.”
Looking at the tweets, it appears that Cortes was quoting rap lyrics in some of his tweets, and they did not seem to target a specific individual.
As far as his career goes, Cortes has dynamic for the Yankees, posting a 1.35 ERA after seven starts.