By SARAH TROTTO, Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) — Cardinals rookie Brendan Donovan apologized Saturday night for tweets he sent with homophobic language as a teenager that surfaced during St. Louis’ game against the Chicago Cubs.
Twitter users directed Donovan’s tweets at reporters during a double header in Chicago, including at least one that used an anti-gay slur. Donovan’s Twitter account was deleted shortly after Game 2, in which Donovan hit a two-run brace in the 10th inning to boost a Cardinals 7-4 win.
The reported tweets were sent in 2011 and 2013, and Donovan, 25, said on Saturday they were part of a “playful chat” with a friend.
“I take full responsibility,” Donovan said. “This is something I sent a long time ago. I’m so sorry to anyone I may have offended. Anyone who knows me as a person knows that I see everyone the same, and I don’t condone this type of behavior or anything.
“If I’ve offended you, I truly apologize. I hope I can do my part to show you that’s not who I am.”
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