Red Sox prospect Brett Netzer released after racist, hateful tweetstorm


New York Yankees fans might’ve had their interest piqued this weekend by tumult in the Boston Red Sox minor-league system, culminating in former third-round pick Brett Netzer’s well-earned release.

Netzer went on the offensive on Friday, already on thin ice with Boston’s current management regime and residing on the restricted list since May 4, 2021. Seeing as he missed the 2020 season like all minor-leaguers as well, his final on-field act in Boston’s system came in 2019 with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs.

Over the weekend, he hoisted himself on his own petard, severing the final strings that tied him to organized baseball in grand fashion.

Netzer’s late-Friday tweetstorm included powerful, unshrouded declarations of his own racism and proclivity to pre-judge others based on race, as well as a bizarre tangent against the idea of pet ownership.

Most prominently, though, it was marked by pungent anti-semitism, directed mainly at Red Sox GM Chaim Bloom, whose devotion to Judaism he repeatedly questioned by tying his interpretation of the religion into his own racist beliefs.

Needless to say, Brett Netzer removed himself from the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry with flying colors.

Red Sox prospect Brett Netzer released after horrific tweetstorm

All in all, it doesn’t get much more racist than claiming, “I am a racist,” which is always equal parts helpful in weeding out racism and disgusting to read.

We won’t cite Netzer’s more hateful material in the body of this article, but readers should know he confirmed beyond a shadow of a doubt that he had not been hacked, and proudly transferred his sentiments to other platforms that bore his name, like Instagram.

Netzer’s screed included calls for his own release, which Sox executive Chaim Bloom was happy to carry out after being targeted in many of his messages.

Though Netzer’s career had come to an end after 2.5 professional seasons, for all intents and purposes, when the COVID-19 pandemic began, the organization acted swiftly in parting ways with the troubled (and troubling) infielder, once a third-round pick out of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Suffice to say he will have plenty more time to devote to tweeting, and we can only hope he does not gain an audience from doing so.