Astros pitcher Jarred Cosart picked the wrong time to use a gay slur on Twitter.
Not that there’s ever a right time to use a gay slur anywhere, but right now is really not a good time. Not with everything that’s been going on in Russia and with the news about Missouri football player Michael Sam.
People are extra-conscious of this stuff right now. Jarred Cosart was not using his head at all when, in a tweet, he called Justin Bieber a three-letter word for a homosexual person.
He really wasn’t using his head when, in the face of criticism over his tweet, he was initially defiant.
It took a stern talking-to from someone in the Astros PR department to get Jarred to give in on it, reverse course and issue the proper apology, also via Twitter.
I used a very poor choice of words in one of my tweets earlier today that I need to apologize for. The tweet does not reflect who I am
— Jarred Cosart (@JarredCosart) February 10, 2014
Astros GM Jeff Luhnow gave his own statement, saying, “It’s something we take very seriously and we definitely don’t condone that type of language from our players.”
Oh the thorny brambles of the social media forest. So many ways to get yourself in trouble.
I’m sure Jarred Cosart will be more careful from now on.