Red Sox releases minor league player after racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic rant on Twitter

Former minor league baseball player Brett Netzer after he posted a series of racist, homophobic and antisemitic Tweets this week.

Netzer’s termination was first announced by sports writer Chad Jennings, Tweeting, “I’m told the Red Sox have officially released former third-round pick Brett Netzer following a series of racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic posts on Twitter.”

A Red Sox spokesperson later told News Center 5 that Netzer had asked for his own release on Sunday, and the team granted his request after he posted the offending comments.

Netzer’s first Tweet took aim at Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom. “chaim bloom is a bad actor,” Netzer wrote. “Dude went to hebrew school and studied the torah [sic] growing up but sold his soul to the sodom and race groups. good thing he is good at whatever he does in baseball.”

Netzer then targeted transgender people, writing, “any person who is secretly transgender, and their partner does not know, and sexual actions have taken place, is a rapist and a sexual molester. may God be the judge.”

Another Tweet disparaged Black people, saying, “ive heard a lot of black people call themselves ‘kings’ in america,” Netzer wrote. “king of what? lol. i think its time black people go back to their roots and start to re-establish their true black culture- not the fake b*llsh*t in america.”

Netzer confirmed in a later Tweet that he is racist and homophobic. He wrote, “i do sometimes make assumptions based on a persons race/ethnicity/culture. ill go along with racist and homophobic, but anti-semitic? thats too far.” “bloom is a hypocrite and an embarrassment to any torah-following jew.”

The Red Sox organization has said via a spokesperson there will be no further comments on the matter.




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