In the world of amped up social media that we live in, it seems admonishments like “people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”, or “cast the first stone only if you haven’t sinned” seem to be as irrelevant as the one that goes “if you don’t stop that you’ll go blind”.
Josh Hader, a relief pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers Major League Baseball team, is the latest American to learn that things you’ve posted on one site or another can and often do come back to haunt you.
A series of admittedly racist and sexist messages he posted when he was still a wet-behind-the-ears 17-year old, resurfaced last night as he was taking the mound during the 2018 baseball all-star game.
He did what you have to do in such situations.
He issued an apology for what he’d written blaming it on teenage immaturity, and begged for forgiveness from those subjected to reading his thoughts, most of them from 2011 and 2012.
I don’t know about you, but some of the things I’ve said and done years ago, seen now through the prism of age, seem childish and ill-advised.
I’m not perfect, and neither is Josh Hader, or any of the rest of us last time I checked.
That’s the way I see it.