Morgan On Hader: "I Would Not Be Happy"

"I would listen to him," Joe Morgan said, "but he needs to talk to all of his teammates"

Tiki and Tierney
July 19, 2018 - 8:04 pm

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Brewers reliever Josh Hader has been one of the best on-field stories in baseball this season, but his off-field story, as of a couple of days ago, took a hit, as it was discovered that he made racist and homophobic tweets in 2011.

Hader apologized for the tweets, saying he was “deeply sorry,” but has been ordered by Major League Baseball to undergo sensitivity training.

How should Hader’s teammates react to the tweets? How should they handle this?

“That’s a difficult question, and I’m going to be perfectly honest with you: I don’t know how I would handle it right now,” Hall of Famer Joe Morgan said on Tiki and Tierney. “Josh is probably going to sit and talk with his teammates – not just the African American teammates, he needs to talk to all of his teammates. Because otherwise you’re assuming that the white teammates agree with you if you just talk to the African American or Latin teammates. So you need to talk to everyone and try to explain what happened.”

Reaction from teammates could be mixed.

“It’s very difficult in a team sport because teammates are supposed to be teammates – just that,” Morgan said. “You take them for who they are and go about your business. There was a guy with the Eagles (Riley Cooper) who said all kind of racist stuff, yet he stayed on the team for the next three years. So I don’t know how you would handle it, and I’m not going to lie to you and say I know how I would handle it. I would not be happy. I’ll just start with that. But how I handle it from there on, then, would be how Hader handles it going forward.”

Morgan, 74, won back-to-back World Series titles with the Cincinnati Reds in 1975-76. It remains one of the best teams in baseball history with Morgan, Ken Griffey, Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Tony Perez, and Dave Concepcion, among others, leading the way.

“Look, I would listen to him,” Morgan said of Hader. “We are different than we were (seven years ago). I’m a different person than I was seven years ago – not from the race standpoint because I was brought up to accept all people. But I am different in a lot of other ways. And maybe he is different in that way than he was before. So I don’t know. It’s going to depend on how he approaches his teammates and how they feel.”