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Jon Lester clarifies message on players’ offensive tweets

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester on Tuesday weighed in on the reaction to his observations on how players’ old offensive tweets have been recently surfacing. Lester specifically noted how he wished he would have rephrased one of the tweets a bit differently.

Lester’s original tweets were in response to the social media controversy that have recently rocked Major League Baseball. The Milwaukee Brewers’ Josh Hader, the Washington Nationals’ Trea Turner and the Atlanta Braves’ Sean Newcomb all had tweets from years ago recently exposed that featured homophobic and/or racist remarks.

Lester’s original tweets, in which he recommended ballplayers thoroughly examine the content of their social media accounts, follow below.

Lester received some push-back over his original tweets and attempted to clarify exactly what he intended to convey.

“I think we finally kind of got the message [clear] throughout the day,” said Lester, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “Looking back on it and the response, the first maybe could have been worded just a hair differently.

“In no way, shape or form did I want to make those guys out to be a victim of anything.”

Lester added he believes Major League Baseball will overcome this scandal, especially if the situation inspires dialogue and change.

“I think our game is in a great spot, but when you have things like this, obviously the fans [and non-fans] don’t take too kindly to it,” Lester said. “We’ll do our job here to make our clubhouse [inclusive] and make everybody feel comfortable and wanted and appreciated.

“And hopefully that’s the same message we can portray across MLB. And the fans that we did lose with some of this stuff, maybe we can gain their trust back.”