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Red Sox release minor league following racist, homophobic social media posts: ‘I’m a racist’


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The Boston Red Sox released minor league player Brett Netzer after the 2017 third-round pick sent a series of racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic tweets, according to Athleticism.

On Friday night, Netzer shot transgender people and black Americans, and called Red Sox leader Chaim Bloom a “hypocrite and an embarrassment to any Torah-following Jew.”

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Brett Netzer of the Portland Sea Dogs returns in dugout against the Reading Fightin Phils at Hadlock Field on April 7, 2019 in Portland, Maine.
(Zachary Roy/Getty Images)

“I’m a racist. I sometimes make assumptions based on a person’s race/ethnicity/culture. I’m glad that’s out of the way,” Netzer wrote in a tweet.

After The Athletic reported that Netzer was being released, he tweeted the report saying, “It’s wrong with racist and homophobic, but anti-Semitic? That’s too far. Bloom is a hypocrite and an embarrassment for any Jew who follows the Torah.”

Brett Netzer of the Boston Red Sox takes the lead at first base against the Tampa Bay Rays on February 22, 2020, at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida.

Brett Netzer of the Boston Red Sox takes the lead at first base against the Tampa Bay Rays on February 22, 2020, at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida.
(Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

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Netzer, who played 302 underage games from 2017 to 2019, also attacked the Red Sox executive for supporting Black Lives Matter and the LGBTQ community in another tweet. Netzer wrote that black people should “return to their roots and begin to re-establish their true black culture”. In another tweet, he called locked-up transgender people rapists.

Brett Netzer of the Boston Red Sox passes from first to third base against the Tampa Bay Rays on February 22, 2020 in Fort Myers, Florida.

Brett Netzer of the Boston Red Sox passes from first to third base against the Tampa Bay Rays on February 22, 2020 in Fort Myers, Florida.
(Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

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Netzer hasn’t played in a game since the COVID-19 pandemic. He had a slash of .263/.327/.355 in the minor leagues. He was on the shortlist in 2021, and now there’s a very good chance he’ll never step on a baseball field again.




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