Boston Red Sox Player Cut After Racist, Homophobic Tweets

Boston Red Sox Player Cut After Racist, Homophobic Tweets

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Brett Netzer, a minor league player for the Boston Red Sox, was recently released by the team. This cut comes after a series of racist, transphobic, homophobic, and anti-semitic tweets.

Last Saturday, Chad Jennings, Red Sox writer for The Athletic, broke the news on Twitter. What has happened since then has been a string of incredibly concerning and confusing tweets from Netzer. Netzer first quoted the tweet, basically confirming the racist and homophobic nature of his tweets.

“I’ll go along with racist and homophobic, but anti-semitic?” Netzer wrote. “That’s too far.”

Netzer who was drafted in 2017, was placed on the restricted list for the 2021 season for undisclosed reasons. His Twitter feed had been relatively quiet until last Friday when he began to share a string of bizarre and offensive tweets. Many of his tweets are directed at Red Sox executive Chaim Bloom.

Doubling Down

Netzer appears to be doubling down on his thoughts, openly calling himself a racist and referring to the LGBTQ+ community as the “definition of sodomy.”

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Netzer’s tirade was also directed at trans people, likening trans folks to “rapists” and “sexual molesters.”

More Questions

If this wasn’t enough, Netzer posted a video to Instagram, that only adds to the confusion. Friends and family have been reaching out to ask if he’s okay and if he has “gone off the deep end.” His response wasn’t much of a response at all.

“I haven’t had anyone contend with what I said,” Netzer said in the video. “I haven’t had anyone make any points to say why what I said is not true. And I think that’s somewhat troubling.” He went on to “answer everyone’s questions,” but once again didn’t really do that either.

“I am troubled a little bit,” he said. “When Christianity is the world’s biggest religion […] I think that’s pretty troubling.” Needless to say this only leads to more questions.

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