SALISBURY, Md-The Delmarva Shorebirds are facing controversy after they announced they are giving away Josh Hader bobbleheads at tomorrow’s game.
Hader faced criticism in 2018 when old twitter posts resurfaced from his account that were posted in 2011 and 2012.
The posts made vulgar statements about women, made racist comments about African Americans and made controversial statements about the LGBTQ community.
In 2018, Josh Hader said, “I’m deeply sorry for what I’ve said and what’s been going on, and like I said that doesn’t reflect any of my beliefs going on now.”
Shorebird General Manager Chris Bitters said “The Shorebirds didn’t make the comments. We’re recognizing the player that played here, he was an All-Star for us, he’s from the state of Maryland, he’s a local product which doesn’t happen often.”
But Mary Ashanti, President of the Wicomico County NAACP said there’s no excuse for these comments.
“I know the young man was about 17 or 18 when he said this, but the things he is saying are horrendous,” she said after looking at the tweets.
And local activist James Yamakawa agrees and says the bobbleheads should not be given away tomorrow.
“In the end it needs to be a moral decision not a business one.”
But other fans like David Etheridge says he has no problem with Hader’s comments.
“You know we’re not born with the wisdom and maturity of adults, we kind of grow into it in our experiences in life, I assume that’s what that young man has done.”
The Shorebirds say they plan to giveaway one thousand bobbleheads at tomorrow’s game.