Yankees star pitcher Nestor Cortes has deleted his Twitter account and apologized for a series of offensive social media messages — including sending out multiple racial slurs.
The lefty, who has preformed very well on the mound for the Bronx Bombers this season, had used the N-word multiple times, in addition to several other inappropriate messages.
“Those aren’t the messages I want to send out,” Cortes told reporters. “I deleted my Twitter to clean stuff up. Hopefully I can make a better impact in the world for the people that look up to me to give a better example.”
The 27-year-old, who boasts a 1.35 ERA this year, sent the messages on Twitter when he was in high school and college.
Despite being several years old, the tweets resurfaced during his outing against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, thanks to some internet sleuths who dug up the messages.
“I was mad at myself to still see that on my Twitter. I think the last two years I’ve been pretty positive on Twitter, sending good messages,” the lefty told reporters. “When I saw that, I was a little pissed off at myself for that stuff.”
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”R.I.P to all the real n******,” the pitcher posted in 2013, along with several other comments he said that he now regrets.
“One of my n****** is leaving college. Good luck up there,” he wrote, also in 2013.
When asked by reporters about the messages, the Cuban-American baller said he “didn’t realize they were still there,” and called his past words “unacceptable.”
His Twitter account, @cortez_1210, has been removed from the social media platform completely.
The bad press comes as Cortes Jr. is in the middle of a breakout year in the Bronx, as he’s given up just 23 hits in 40 innings pitched on the year.
The left-hander is scheduled to make his next start on May 20th in a series opener against the White Sox in the Bronx.
The Yankees organization has not commented on the recent revelations of their pitcher’s past tweets.