…perhaps Papa John’s? This past July, For The Love Of The Nats reported Washington’s 15th round selection in the June amateur draft, IF Zachary Houchins had much to share with his adoring Twitter followers (“Ashton kutcher is replacing Charlie sheen on two and a half men. What is this world coming too”), including (but not limited to) N-bombs and social commentary like the sort discussed on the newscast above. On Tuesday, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reported Houchins was “unlikely” to sign a contract with Washington (link swiped from Baseball Think Factory)
Houchins said he hasn’t heard from the club since June after it was discovered that he made what were deemed racist and homophobic remarks on his Twitter page.
Teams have until 12:01 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 16, to come to terms with their draftees, meaning official notification has to be in the Commissioner’s Office when the clock strikes midnight. A text message to general manager Mike Rizzo was not returned.
“I called [the Nationals]. I apologized to Mr. Roy Clark [the team’s assistant general manager]. I apologized to him for what was said on Twitter,” Houchins said. “[Clark said], ‘Yeah, anything you said on Twitter was completely unacceptable.’ I understood where he was coming from. That was pretty much the conversation.
“I’m not a racist, not at all. … Four of my best friends, two of them are black, one of them was my roommate. He is probably one of the closest people I’ve ever been around. … Me and my four best friends became so close, it’s just how we talk. It wasn’t anything derogatory or anything like that. It’s just how we talk.”