Last night during what was supposed to be a joyous moment for Josh Hader of the Milwaukee Brewers and his family quickly became a Public Relations Disaster. While Hader was pitching in the game, nasty tweets from his youth began to surface and when I say nasty I mean nasty homophobic, racist, derogatory tweets from seven years ago.
And when this became a trending topic, I couldn’t help but wonder why stuff like this keeps happening. How do teams not do a deep dive into their players social media history before having them sign a contract? I mean sure the product on the field is important but so is knowing if the guy has anything on his social media that could potentially hurt the team later down the road. I mean this stuff always comes out so there’s no reason not to have a plan in place on how to address it when it does eventually arise.
We all have things we said in our youth that could come back and haunt us when we’re adults and since the birth of social media some of it is forever cemented online. I just don’t understand how stuff like this keeps happening, how can teams really be this incompetent with social media. It’s not that hard to do a deep dive into someone’s social, anyone can do it if they’re inclined to. But teams only care about what their coaches have to say about them or how well they play on the field. So I don’t care that the Brewers are in the midst of a PR nightmare because they have no one to blame but themselves.
My only hope is that more teams see this story and think that maybe they should devote some time towards a social media deep dive before drafting a player to ensure that they are prepared for anything that will come up. I also hope that young kids see this and realize that what you post now will come back and bite you later on and then maybe they won’t post stupid things.