Cardinals' Donovan apologizes for old homophobic tweets

Cardinals rookie Brendan Donovan apologized for tweets he sent with homophobic language as a teenager that surfaced during St. Louis’ game against the Chicago Cubs

BySarah Trotto Associated Press
June 05, 2022, 12:54 AM
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St. Louis Cardinals' Brendan Donovan reacts after being tagged out attempting to steal second base during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets on Thursday, May 19, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
The Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Cardinals rookie Brendan Donovan apologized Saturday night for tweets he sent with homophobic language as a teenager that surfaced during St. Louis' game against the Chicago Cubs.

Twitter users directed Donovan's tweets to the attention of reporters during a doubleheader in Chicago, including at least one that used an anti-gay slur. Donovan's Twitter account was deleted shortly after the second game, in which Donovan hit a two-run double in the 10th inning to spur a 7-4 Cardinals victory.

The flagged tweets were sent in 2011 and 2013, and the 25-year-old Donovan said Saturday they were part of “playful banter” with a friend.

“I take full responsibility,” Donovan said. “It was something I sent out a long time ago. I’m truly sorry to anyone I may have offended. Anyone that knows me as a person knows I see everyone the same, and I do not condone that type of behavior or anything.

"If I’ve offended you, I truly apologize. Hopefully, I can do my part to show you that’s not who I am.”

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