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04/19/2007


NY Mets Pitcher Noah Syndergaard Apologizes, Calls 'Fag' Slur a 'Little Mishap'

SynergaardNewly-acquired New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard, whose anti-gay tweet was revealed by the New York Daily News, apologized Tuesday at a press conference call organized by the Mets to introduce him.

Said Syndergaard:

“I had a little mishap on Twitter about a month ago, and it was just brought to my attention this morning. I’d just like to apologize for anything that was said. A buddy and I were having a little conversation. I had a poor attempt at humor and an even worse attempt at using a term I shouldn’t have used. I hope I didn’t offend anybody. I’m really sorry my first introduction to being a New York Met had to be like this.”

No word yet from MLB or the Mets on discipline for the pitcher.


Mets Pitcher Syndergaard Tweets Anti-Gay Slur: 'Nice Crocs Fag Lol'

Newly-acquired New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard tweeted and then deleted an anti-gay slur, the New York Daily News reports:

SynergaardRighthanded pitcher Noah Syndergaard, 20, acquired along with catcher Travis d'Arnaud in the deal that sent the Cy Young Award winner to the Blue Jays, tweets from the account @Noahsyndergaard.

On Dec. 9, this tweet appeared from that account: "@DMarze89 nice crocs f-- lol"

The tweet no longer appears on the timeline for the account.

A Mets spokesman said that the team was looking into the matter. The full context of the tweet was not immediately clear; Syndergaard might be available on a conference call introducing him and d'Arnaud on Tuesday.

In September, Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar received a three-game suspension with lost salary going to GLAAD and anti-homophobia sports group You Can Play for playing with the anti-gay slur "Maricon" painted in his eye black. Escobar was also instructed to undergo sensitivity training.

Syndergaard was acquired from the Blue Jays.


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