New York Yankees pitcher Nestor Cortes said he was "pissed" at himself after his old tweets resurfaced and insisted that was not the message he wanted to send out. On Sunday, Cortes' tweets in which he used the n-word dozen times resurfaced.
Those tweets were posted nearly a decade ago, when Cortes was still in high school. When Cortes was asked if he knew about the tweets, he confirmed he remembered them but thought they weren't still out there. Cortes deactivated his Twitter account to "clean up stuff" before returning.
“Those aren’t the messages I want to send out,” Cortes said, per The New York Post. “I deleted my Twitter [account] to clean stuff up. Hopefully I can make a better impact in the world for the people that look up to me to give a better example”.
Cortes: It's unacceptable
“I’m not gonna say I don’t, but I didn’t realize they were still there,” Cortes said. “It’s unacceptable. I could have managed myself better and said stuff differently”.
Cortes doesn't plan on being absent from Twitter for too much as he has revealed he plans to return to the social media network in the next few days. When Cortes returns, his goal will be to promote positive things and serve as an inspiration.
“I hope to be back in the next few days,” Cortes added. “I like to attract people like me, not the prototype 6-foot-5, 97 [mph pitcher]. For the last two or three years, I’ve been pretty positive on Twitter.
When I saw that I was a little pissed off at myself”. Meanwhile, the Yankees claimed a 6-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees are having a great start to the season as they own a 26-9 record through the first 35 games. The Yankees sit at No. 1 of the NL East standings.