White Sox’s Michael Kopech Apologizes For Racist, Homophobic Tweets

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Michael Kopech, the Chicago White Sox rookie pitcher took to his social to issue an apology for racist and homophobic tweets he posted at 17-year-old and has since deleted.

The tweets from 2013 surfaced on Tuesday following Kopech’s major league debut.

“I had to delete some stuff,” Kopech, who grew up in Mount Pleasant, Texas, told the Chicago Sun-Times Thursday. “Things I said that were immature and inappropriate. I used some poor language in there. Obviously, I’m trying to be looked at as a role model and the last thing I want to do is have some kid look at what I’m saying and take it the wrong way.

“It’s unfortunate that I was ever at that point mentally, but it’s not who I am now. Yeah, I cleaned some tweets up and tried to get rid of them. But, obviously, people saw them. It’s not who I am now and it’s not who I want to be. It was something I did in high school, and with everything I’ve gone through in pro ball the last five seasons I feel like a big part of my career was maturing. Hate to see it, but it’s not who I am anymore.”

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