- The Washington Times - Friday, August 3, 2018

University of Missouri quarterback Drew Lock apologized this week after “insensitive” tweets he wrote when he was 14 years old resurfaced.

“I was recently made aware of five tweets from my eighth grade year in middle school that were perceived as insensitive and inappropriate,” the 21-year-old Tigers player told the Columbia Daily Tribune in a statement published Wednesday.

“I didn’t intend to offend anyone with those messages, but I understand that this is an example of how words, even when written by a young teenager, can be interpreted by others as newsworthy, harmful and inappropriate,” he said.

The Tribune reported that a reader had tipped off the paper of several tweets from Mr. Lock’s past, and that the paper gave the quarterback the chance to respond before publishing them. Two of the “more insensitive tweets,” according to the Tribune, included one that read, “Hahahah kids a faggot,” and another that read, “Could geico really save u 15% or more on car insurance??…….Do black guys like flamin hot cheetos?? Hahaha no affence [sic] black guys!”

In his statement, Mr. Lock said he’d grown up a lot since those tweets and that he hoped to turn the situation into an educational opportunity.

“By revisiting those tweets it gives us all yet another opportunity to grow from past history and strive to be more understanding and compassionate with each other in today’s society,” he said. “The most encouraging part for me is looking back at myself as a 14-year-old kid versus today as a 21-year-old leader of men and realizing how much I have grown as a person.

“I have much more appreciation, understanding and compassion for all others. This moment in time gives me clarity and encouragement that everything I have experienced from 2011 to now has truly made me a better person. Thank-you to all who have helped shape me into the person I am today.”

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