New York Yankees pitcher Sonny Gray speaks to reporters during a press conference after giving up 6 ER in 2 2/3 vs. the Baltimore Orioles and smiling when coming off the mound. He’s also asked about his Twitter account, which appeared to have been deleted after an offensive tweet surfaced.
After Wednesday’s game, Gray called the tweet “an inside joke” that was directed at Rashun Dixon, whom he played with while in the Oakland organization and whose brother Anthony played in the NFL. Gray, who is white, wrote in September 2012: “@Sir_Peanut 1. You didn’t go to college. 2. You are black. #followdaleaderleaderleader clap clap clap.”
The @Sir_Peanut account has been deactivated. For a time during Wednesday’s game, Gray’s Twitter account was down before coming back up. Gray said he has been hacked in the past and acknowledged that someone else currently helps run his account.
The tweet in question has been deleted, but another reply to @Sir_Peanut remains from the same day as the other message.
Yankees starter Sonny Gray is the latest person to have old twitter remarks come back to haunt him. He claimed his questionable tweet was an inside joke, but the only joke we see is his current 5.56 ERA.
Milwaukee’s Josh Hader, Washington’s Trea Turner and Atlanta’s Sean Newcomb have all come under fire for their past social media usage in recent days.
Trea Turner Speaks Publicly about his Offensive Tweets https://t.co/xE2asQ3XtG
— SportsGossip.com (@sportsgossip) August 1, 2018
Josh Hader Booed by Giants Fans in First Road Appearance Since his Old Tweets Surfaced https://t.co/ABjdSx9Buk
— SportsGossip.com (@sportsgossip) July 27, 2018
Braves Pitcher Sean Newcomb Has Offensive Tweets Revealed after Failed No Hitter https://t.co/5w2BxCW6xi
— SportsGossip.com (@sportsgossip) July 30, 2018