Was it wrong? Of course it was. Can we accurately say that it reflects Cosart’s true feelings? No we cannot. His beliefs are not up for discussion here, just his actions. Of course the other angle here, is that this does reflect how Cosart feels, because otherwise he would have known it was a slur and wouldn’t have used it.
I think the answer lies somewhere in the middle of the two, and judging by some of the defiance in Cosart’s “apology” tweets, you have to question where his head is at.
@thedimwit so yes I could’ve said a less offensive term and I truly apologize for having a convo with a former teammate and using it
— Jarred Cosart (@JarredCosart) February 11, 2014
But at any rate, that ship has sailed. Cosart did take the tweet down and has apologized. The Astros also issued a statement, and the issue appears to be handled and dealt with. Hopefully now with Spring Training upon us, we can move past what Cosart says on Twitter and just focus on his performance on the mound. Ultimately that is all that matters.
“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.”