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Astros pitcher Jarred Cosart sorry for gay slur tweet about Justin Bieber

Jarred Cosart #48 of the Houston Astros reacts to giving up a two-run home run to Trevor Plouffe #24 of the Minnesota Twins in the third inning at Minute Maid Park on September 3, 2013 in Houston, Texas.
(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Houston Astros starting pitcher Jarred Cosart found himself in some hot water after using homophobic slur to describe pop star Justin Bieber on Twitter. According to NBC Sports on Feb. 10, Cosart has issued an apology for his poor choice of words and said he was “extremely remorseful”.

The 23-year-old pitcher knew right away that his word choice was offensive and deleted the tweet immediately, but not before followers already saw the tweet. As a result, Cosart received immediate negative feedback. According to Cosart, he was just joking around with a former teammate, but the joke went too far. Jarred Cosart issued an apology for the tweet.

“I used a very poor choice of words in one of my tweets earlier today that I need to apologize for. The tweet does not reflect who I am,” tweeted Cosart.

The Houston Astros organization also issued a statement on the matter.

“We do not condone the language used on Twitter today by Jarred. It is unacceptable from anyone in our organization. We’ve spoken to Jarred about this matter, and he is extremely remorseful. He realizes his mistake and has apologized.”

Jarred Cosart has a chance to become one of the Astros’ front-line starting pitchers this year after going 1-1 with a 1.95 ERA in 10 starts as a rookie. This is not the kind of attention the team wants or needs entering into spring training. Cosart has learned a valuable lesson about how he conducts himself on social media.

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