- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 8, 2015

Former Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones apologized twice Saturday for a tweet questioning the authenticity of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 20 children and six staff members dead.

“So the FBI comes out and confirms that Sandy Hook was a hoax! Where’s the outrage? What else are we being lied to about? Waco? JFK? Pfff…” Jones tweeted to his 446,000 followers on Friday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The baseball veteran later deleted the tweet, calling it “irresponsible” and apologizing to those he offended.

“My apologies for my Sandy Hook tweet yest. I had heard something from someone which I thought to be credible and tweeted w/out researching,” Jones, 42, wrote.

“It was irresponsible of me to do that and will not happen again. Please accept my heartfelt apology to those who were hurt or offended,” he said.

This isn’t the first time Jones has apologized for controversial comments he’s made online. The former MLB player issued a similarly worded apology in June 2013 for a tweet suggesting that alligators should be added to the Rio Grande in order to “stop the illegals from crossing.”

“I realize that my tweet yest was offensive and distasteful. An attempt at humor was a terrible mistake. Please accept my heartfelt apology!” he said at the time.

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