Columnist Jeff Passan Apologises to Ben Verlander After Admitting that A Tweet “Crossed the Line”

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Columnist Jeff Passan Apologises to Ben Verlander After Admitting that A Tweet "Crossed the Line"

The Fox Sports MBL commentator Ben Verlander was the target of a Tweet from ESPN baseball blogger Jeff Passan that offended many people.

The now-deleted remark was a part of a conversation between the two baseball pundits on Twitter, who frequently ridicule each other politely.

But a lot of people thought Passan went too far this time.

Let’s analyze what occurred.

The Twitter Drama Explained

It all started on Tuesday, October 11th, when Passan tweeted about a run that was scored on Ben Verlander’s older brother Justin Verlander, who was pitching for the Houston Astros in the ALDS opening against the Seattle Mariners.

In a subsequent tweet, Passan made fun of Ben Verlander’s baseball comments.

“Justin Verlander,” read the tweet. Theo Verlander Simply because I’m trying my best to impersonate Ben Verlander, Justin Verlander. Then Shohei Ohtani Shohei Ohtani Shohei Ohtani Shohei Ohtani The speaker is Shohei Ohtani. Shohei Ohtani S. Shohei Ohtani S. Shohei Ohtani

Verlander recently conducted an hour-long conversation with Los Angeles Angels outfielder and hitter Shohei Ohtani.

With a Tweet that targeted Passan’s height, the younger Verlander clapped back at the columnist. “Grab a step stool and tell it to my face, Jeffey boy,” he wrote.

What came next was the tweet, which Passan ultimately deleted and for which he offered his genuine regrets.

Jeff Passan’s Tweet Crossed the Line

In a since-deleted tweet, Passan made mention of Verlander and Ohtani having sex.

The tweet asked: When you talk about Shohei, aren’t you typically on your knees?

Verlander responded in a similarly mocking manner, appearing to think the remark amusing. When you seek me for assistance securing a Justin interview, you generally are too, huh? he wrote.

Passan ‘Sincerely Apologizes’ to Verlander

Passan deleted the post and issued an apology after getting negative feedback.

A tweet posted to @BenVerlander earlier crossed the line and offended many people, the author said. I sincerely apologize and have removed the tweet. Although Ben and I have been friends for a while and frequently make jokes on Twitter, that is no justification for my error. I’ll improve and get knowledge from it.

As a columnist who acknowledges that his tweet “stepped the line,” Jeff Passan apologizes to Ben Verlander.

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