Red Sox Minor Leaguer Brett Netzer Released After Series Of Racist Tweets

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Saturday, the Red Sox released minor league player Brett Netzer after he had posted an apparent succession of homophobic and anti-Semitic messages on social media.

"I am a racist. I do sometimes make assumptions based on a persons race/ethnicity/culture. Glad that is out of the way," Netzer tweeted Saturday.

Netzer also put out tweets directed at Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom with anti-Semitic language. A Twitter user responded to Netzer's tweets, questioning if Netzer was the one putting out the messages, to which the 25-year-old former Red Sox prospect responded that he was not hacked and attached a selfie.

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"Brett asked for his release on Saturday, and the Red Sox granted it," a spokesperson from the Red Sox told WBZ NewsRadio in a statement.

Red Sox officials said there will be no statement or further comment on Netzer's release.

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