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MLB investigating homophobic message sent from Derek Holland’s Twitter account

Oct 1, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

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According to Janie McCauley of the Associated Press, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said earlier this evening that MLB is investigating a homophobic message sent from Derek Holland‘s Twitter account to a heckler last night.

The tweet, which has since been deleted, was posted during the second game of yesterday’s doubleheader against the Angels in which Holland allowed seven runs over 6 2/3 innings as part of an 8-7 win. MLB prohibits players from using social media 30 minutes before a game or during a game.

Holland told Keith Whitmire of that his fiancee has access to his Twitter account, but claims that the offensive message was the result of a hacker.

“It’s obvious it was not me,” Holland said. “It was during the game, for one. And for two, I’m in the dugout cheering my teammates on. Why would I say that anyway to begin with?”

“It’s definitely a hacker,” Holland said. “Obviously my fiancĂ©e can get into it, but trust me, she’s not like that. She’s one of the nicest people in the world.”

It’s not clear when MLB’s investigation will be complete, but Daniels called it a “serious issue” and an “unacceptable term to use.” The tweet was posted less than two weeks after Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar was suspended three games for displaying a homophobic slur written in Spanish on his eye black.

  1. randygnyc - Oct 1, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    What specifically was tweeted?

    • cosanostra71 - Oct 1, 2012 at 9:43 PM

      “ur a fag”

      • hockeyflow33 - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:29 PM

        Dear god no. How could they allow him to ever play again?

      • jacksprat57 - Oct 2, 2012 at 5:12 AM

        Why is the heckler offended? Is he closeted? Was it Bud Selig? Is that what this is about?

  2. cosanostra71 - Oct 1, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    they should suspend him just for having his Twitter handle be “Dutch_Oven45”

    • cosanostra71 - Oct 1, 2012 at 9:43 PM

      lamest handle ever

    • brewcrewfan54 - Oct 2, 2012 at 1:08 AM

      No that’s awesome because he’s one of those funny guys. He doesn’t care what anyone thinks. He’s a loose cannon. He’s quirky. He’s excentric. He’s not like other players. He just says the first thing that comes to mind…..blah blah blah….,

      • jacksprat57 - Oct 2, 2012 at 5:15 AM

        I was once like that, too (he said wistfully.) Then, the ritalin kicked in.

  3. wintwins - Oct 1, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Yes, internet trolls that gain access to an athlete’s Twitter account just quietly send a message to a heckler and then log off.

    • dondada10 - Oct 1, 2012 at 10:04 PM

      Does this mean he’s going to delete the account and rebrand himself @therealdutch_oven?

      • historiophiliac - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:16 AM


    • jacksprat57 - Oct 2, 2012 at 5:26 AM

      It’s a pretty good exploit. Hey, world, I carry a geo locator around with me, even though my family is a prime kidnapping target. It leaks radiation like a sieve, you can buy the needed hacking tools for next to nothing (no trails), and you can hack me from the middle of a crowd.

      I can think of many worse words to call this fool.

  4. randygnyc - Oct 1, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    If that’s what was tweeted, either he’s going to throw his girlfriend under the bus, or he’s going to be suspended.

    • badintent - Oct 2, 2012 at 1:43 AM

      MLB is started to sound more and more like Holder ( “Gay rights now ! ) every week. Why can’t they be like the NFL and just have a nice police blotter of guys head butting their girl friends, DUI’s, strip joint gunfights and my favorite, beating up their agents.
      Bud is a Midwest bible thumper, so he really don’t give a hoot. But for PC, he’s all in on this Nazi hunt for potty mouths.

      • mazblast - Oct 2, 2012 at 3:03 AM

        “Midwest bible thumper”? “Nazi”? Selig is Jewish.

      • jacksprat57 - Oct 2, 2012 at 5:32 AM

        Because it’s baseball. C’mon, why does a guy ostentatiously scratch his nuts in public? It’s the same sign that’s used at Interstate restrooms, coast-to-coast.

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 1, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    It could not have been Holland. The guy borrowed his mustache from the Blue Oyster Bar in the Police Academy movies. How could he be a homophobe?

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 1, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Even though I appreciate my rear sphincter, you know what I mean when I call you an arse hole.

    • Old Gator - Oct 1, 2012 at 10:38 PM

      You have a front sphincter?

      • thereisaparty - Oct 1, 2012 at 10:49 PM

        Considering that the human body has around 50 sphincters …

        Urethral sphincter would be one such front sphincter.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:41 AM

        Thanks for sh*tting on a perfectly enjoyable front ass joke, Party.

  7. tfbuckfutter - Oct 1, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    I think we can all agree that it was OBVIOUSLY not him.

    I mean, come on… could it have been? Don’t be ridiculous.

  8. tfbuckfutter - Oct 1, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Umm….actually I kind of believe him after clicking on his profile linked in the article.

    He grew that mustache as a show of solidarity for the gay porn community, right?

  9. randygnyc - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    After what happened last week in Toronto, if it wasn’t a hacker, than whoever posted is in trouble. In fact, if it can’t be forensically proven it wasn’t hacked, he’s definetely getting suspended. Won’t matter if she did it and admits it. It may come during his alds start.

  10. timdgourley - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    Why doesn’t it surprise me that this comment comes from the Texas Rangers? Bunch of bible thumping neanderthals.

    • miketreedy - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      You are obviously an idiot.

  11. deadeyedesign23 - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    With the hundreds of cameras at baseball games it seems like it would be easy to se when the tweet was timestamped and then see where he was during the game at that time.

  12. dirtyharry1971 - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    if he did do it just trade him to the bluegays, they love players who run their mouths about this kinda of stuff

    • cur68 - Oct 2, 2012 at 2:47 AM

      Really? Well then I’m surprised you never made the team then, ‘harry.

    • jacksprat57 - Oct 2, 2012 at 5:46 AM

      Isn’t that a two-year prison sentence up there?

  13. danfrommv - Oct 2, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Please explain to me again what good have a twitter acount is? It seems the only thing you can do is hang yourself, even if it isn’t your own words.

  14. hardballtalkusername - Oct 2, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    With that mustache, I bet there is video evidence that Holland doesn’t mind homosexuality.

    • jacksprat57 - Oct 2, 2012 at 5:53 AM

      I should think that pulling a short train would accomplish the same thing. A good career move, too, as well as a sound financial decision. As the first prominent, self-outed active star athlete, they would have to keep offering him contracts until he was in Depends. Plus, he could emulate Babe Ruth, filling his off-season dance card by reenacting his landmark demonstration in gay bars across North America.

      I must say, though, that I’ve no intention of watching any Rose Parades of which he’s the Grand Marshall.

  15. Andrew Chapman - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    This is a genuine question. Is “homophobic” the right word to use here? Are people who derogatorily use words like “fag” and “gay” really displaying an irrational fear of homosexuality?

    • card0109 - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:43 AM

      “Homophobic” might not be the correct term. “Insensitive” might be better suited in these cases. We don’t know what for sure what sort of opinions these players might have about the GLBT community based on their word choices. But regardless of who posted this on his Twitter account, and Escobar’s eye paint last week, I tend to think of their maturity level on par with teenage boys.
      As a gay individual, I don’t find that use of these terms indicate homophobia within a person. But it bothers me. Right up there with people using “That’s so retarded”. There are other things that could be said to get the same point across.

      • Andrew Chapman - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:52 AM

        Exactly. “Retarded” is where I was going next. When someone says “that’s retarded,” it doesn’t mean they are mentally-handicapped-phobic. Instead, it’s more a repugnant, insensitive slur that people use probably without even thinking about it.

  16. wpjohnson - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Whatever happened to freedom of speech? Political correctness and all this touchy feely BS has taken over. Watch out for the speech gestapo. Of course, they only regulate certain areas of speech. Holland should have tweeted taht the guy was a “dumb Christian”. He would be fine in that case.

    • bravojawja - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:46 AM

      No, in that case people like you would start screeching about the War on Christmas (TM).

      It goes both ways. (See what I did there?)

      • pw38 - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:34 AM

        No I don’t, could you make it more obvious for me please.

    • 1flyboy1 - Oct 2, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      Freedom of speech doesn’t equal freedom from responsibility of said speech.

  17. simon94022 - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    This is getting disturbingly close to Thought Police stuff.

    Call the guy a jerk if you don’t like his tweets. But “disciplining” a player for his stupid tweet is far more obnoxious than the tweet itself.

    • 1flyboy1 - Oct 2, 2012 at 3:01 PM

      People get reprimanded/punished for doing bad things all the time. How is this any different? It’s not.

  18. coliwabl - Oct 2, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Who gives a damn about who said or did. It’s all hearsay anyway. And, even if the words were said, they are just words. People need to get over themselves and move on. No wonder the country is so f–ked up. Now can we just get back to the game of baseball?

    • 1flyboy1 - Oct 2, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      Words aren’t just words. They have meanings. And when a word connected to hate is used in an offensive manner, that is a problem.

      You need to get over yourself and realize there are more important things than a game.

  19. 1flyboy1 - Oct 2, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    People who use this type of language are really reprehensible. There are so many other, more direct words that can be used, that to resort to gay slurs is disgusting.

    It may not have been Derek but he’s responsible for his twitter page and will likely be punished accordingly.

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