Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland denies posting gay slur on Twitter
'I was blindsided by it. I had no idea'
Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland says someone must have hacked into his Twitter account over the weekend and called a heckler a ‘fag’ because he insists the tweet did not come from him.
Holland says he was either pitching or in the dugout when the tweet ‘ur a fag’ was sent out from his account in response to a tweet that chided his performance saying: ‘7 runs in 6-2/3. Horrible! But hey at least you’ve got that really good impression of Harry Caray. You’re a waste of space.’
Holland says only his fiancee has access to his account and she has denied posting the slur as have his family members.
‘I honestly don’t know. I know it wasn’t myself,’ Holland tells the Associated Press. ‘I’ve talked to my family and my fiancee and they all said the exact same thing: It wasn’t them. I have no idea. All I know is MLB is taking care of it and they’re going to help me out and figure out who it was. I was blindsided by it. I had no idea.’
Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels strongly condemned the incident.
‘It’s not a term or a sentiment we endorse in any way,’ he says. ‘We asked Derek about it. He was not aware of it happening. He had been out during the game. We alerted MLB about it so while we’re doing our own investigation they can do one as well. We continue to follow up on that at this time. Derek says he didn’t do it. He’s not sure how it got out, obviously. That’s what we’re looking into.’
Last month, Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar was suspended for three games for having the Spanish words ‘Tu Ere Maricon’ written on an eyeblack sticker which translated into English typically means ‘You are a faggot.’