Should athletes be punished over old tweets?
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Should athletes be punished over old tweets?

#PunishBadAthletes
#KidsMakeMistakes
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Trea Turner is being dragged for insensitive content he posted on Twitter as a teenager, making him the third MLB player to deal with the fallout over old tweets in recent weeks. Some believe athletes need to be held accountable for racist or homophobic views to show players that such ignorant behavior, no matter when it was posted, is unacceptable. Still, others think beliefs held or expressed as a child should not be held against someone when they're an adult. What do you think? ⚾

THE VOTES ARE IN!
#PunishBadAthletes
11.9%
#KidsMakeMistakes
88.1%

It doesn't matter how long ago any racist tweets were posted. That kind of behavior is unacceptable and should never be normalized. If an athlete has truly "learned their lesson," they should have deleted those tweets long before they were discovered. 

Keeping old, insensitive tweets online is bad for the player, their team and the league. It negatively impacts the money that fuels these sports, whether the player wants to believe it or not. Leagues need to suspend or fine players for that kind of behavior, rather than silly slap on the wrist like sensitivity training.

You can't punish the man for the mistakes of a child. Baseball players like Trea Turner, Sean Newcomb, and Josh Hader were victims of ignorance before they had their eyes open to a diverse world. Having old tweets exposed in an effort to damage the livelihood of an athlete is nothing more than a witch hunt. Athletes should not be punished for those mistakes. Being publicly humiliated is enough.

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