“I Am A Racist, Glad That Is Out The Way” | Boston Red Sox Release Minor League Infielder Brett Netzer After Racist And Homophobic Twitter Rant

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Recently, the Boston Red Sox have released minor league player Brett Netzer after going on a racist and homophobic tirade on social media.

Netzer admitted openly that he was a racist during the disrespectful diatribe, ultimately leading to his dismissal from the Boston organization.

“I am a racist,” Netzer tweeted. “I do sometimes make assumptions based on a person’s race/ethnicity/culture. Glad that is out of the way.”

Who Is Brett Netzer?

The Red Sox selected the 25-year-old in the third round of the 2017 draft. Netzer had a .247 batting average as a third baseman with eight home runs in 130 games with the Portland Sea Dogs Class AA minor league team.

“I’ve heard a lot of black people call themselves ‘kings’ in America. King of what? Lol. I think it’s time black people go back to their roots and start to re-establish their true black culture- not the fake bullsh-t in America.”

Netzer had not play with the Portland, Maine, team the past two seasons amid complications brought on by the pandemic.

Boston Blues?

The Boston area has a lengthy history of racism. The Red Sox had some issues with discrimination early in their history, as did the entire system of Major League Baseball.

However, Netzer is originally from Tega Cay, South Carolina, and he attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His actions are not advancing the new South paradigm of anti-racism. However, the Red Sox’s swift action sets a strong example of tolerance.

In addition, many tweets were directed at Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom and displayed Netzer’s anti-Semitism.

Anti-Semitic Rhetoric In Action

“Chaim Bloom is a bad actor. (The) dude went to Hebrew school and studied the Torah growing up but sold his soul to the sodom and race groups. Good thing he is good at whatever he does in baseball.

“I’ll go along with racist and homophobic, but anti-semitic? That’s too far. Bloom is a hypocrite and an embarrassment to any Torah-following Jew.

“And if I remember correctly – Chaim Bloom supports black lives matter, the organization, and the group of sodomy, LGBT pride. Maybe there should be a word for ironic in Hebrew.

“Is Chaim Bloom even Jewish?? Highly doubtful.”

LBGTQ Can Get It Too

Netzer also came for the LGBTQ community, blatantly labeling members of the community rapist and creating scenarios that denounce the LBGTQ community’s character.

“Any person who is secretly transgender, and their partner does not know, and sexual actions have taken place, is a rapist and a sexual molester. May God be the judge.”

Other Twitter users tried to give Netzer an out, speculating his account might have been hacked. However, Netzer took the opportunity to affirm his wayward thinking and confirm it was all his thoughts.

No Way Out

“It’s him in the flesh,” Netzer replied with a video. “Not hacked. This is my new skateboarding helmet. Havent started skating yet but figured it would be a dope thing to learn how to do.”

It is always refreshing when racists like to self-identify. Brett Netzer is outwardly such and owns his truth in social media’s new testimonial platform: Twitter.

Needless to say, Netzer’s account does not exist anymore.

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Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.