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Trevor Bauer apologizes for ‘wrongly accusing’ ESPN of airing joke tweet

Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer has issued an apology over “wrongly accusing” ESPN of broadcasting a tweet that featured bogus information about him that was made in jest by a sportswriter.

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The tweet in question, from The Ringer’s Michael Baumann, jokingly details a ludicrous course of treatment for Bauer, currently on the mend from a broken right fibula, including plans to “rid his body of CIA nanites.”

On Saturday, Bauer, under the belief that both MLB Network and ESPN highlighted the tweet as real news, called out the networks and demanded a retraction.

Documentation has since surfaced showing MLB Network did in fact highlight the tweet in some capacity during a broadcast.

However, ESPN has since denied ever broadcasting Baumann’s tweet after a review of all its platforms.

“Erroneously, some people believed it was on ESPN,” said David Scott of ESPN’s public relations department, via Cleveland.com. “We have no evidence of that.”

Baumann issued an apology for erroneously accusing ESPN of covering the tweet.

“It appears the information I was given, and believed to have seen, was wrong, and ESPN never aired the fake tweet,” Bauer said in a video posted to Twitter on Monday. “Spreading misinformation is wrong, and is what I was originally angry about. I wanted to set the record straight and apologize to ESPN for wrongly accusing them of broadcasting this misinformation.”

As noted by Big League Stew, Bauer at times has navigated an adversarial relationship with the media. Bauer also boasts something of an eccentric personality, which in part inspired Baumann’s original tweet. It’s hardly surprising, then, that Bauer lashed out at ESPN and MLB Network amid the situation.

That said, Bauer did apologize to ESPN upon learning his suspicions were proved to be unfounded.