Newly acquired New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard issued an apology Tuesday after becoming the latest professional athlete caught for tweeting an anti-gay slur.
Syndergaard, 20, acquired Monday from the Toronto Blue Jays in a highly publicized deal, reportedly sent a tweet to minor league player Dayton Marze earlier this month, commenting on Marze's footwear: “@DMarze89 nice crocs fag lol”, according to the New York Daily News.
During a conference call with New York media on Tuesday, Syndergaard called the incident a Twitter "mishap."
"I had a little mishap on Twitter about a month ago, and it was just brought to the attention this morning,” Syndergaard said.
“I’d just like to apologize for anything that was said. A buddy and I were having a little conversation. I had a poor attempt at humor and an even worse attempt at using a term I shouldn’t have used. I hope I didn’t offend anybody.
"I’m really sorry my first introduction to being a New York Met had to be like this.”
The tweet, posted on Dec. 9 by Syndergaard, has since been deleted from his timeline, but a spokesman for the Mets said the team was investigating the incident.
It was just three months ago when Syndergaard's former team mate, Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar wrote “tu ere maricon” (“you are a faggot”) on his eye block.
Escobar was dealt a three-game suspension for that slur, forfeiting wages of $82,000, which was donated to LGBT causes.
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