A New York Mets prospect is feeling the heat in the blogosphere after allegedly tweeting an anti-gay slur.
As the New York Daily News reports, righthanded pitcher Noah Syndergaard posted a Dec. 9 tweet which read, "@DMarze89 nice crocs fag lol."
Though the tweet no longer appears on Syndergaard's timeline (and the full context of the tweet is not immediately clear), the damage appears to have already been done -- a Met spokesman tells the Daily News that the team is "looking into the matter," according to the publication.
CBS reports that Syndergaard, who was part of a seven-player trade between the Mets and Toronto Blue Jays that included 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, is expected to be on a conference call later Dec. 18 and will likely apologize.
Syndergaard's alleged remarks appear to be part of a disturbing trend among sports stars. Last month, Cleveland Browns' Tank Carder got into a heated exchange on Twitter before labeling one user a "faggot."
He later apologized after telling another user that he didn't "agree with being gay or lesbian at all" and arguing that "saying faggot doesn't make me a homophobe."
UPDATE: Syndergaard has since apologized for the tweet. “I had a little mishap on Twitter about a month ago, and it was just brought to my attention this morning,” he is quoted by the Daily News as saying during a Dec. 18 conference call. "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.”
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