Published 5:51 p.m. UTC Sep 4, 2018
If there's one thing in sports we know for sure in 2018, it's that athletes are under the microscope more than ever.
Wil Myers of the San Diego Padres is the latest professional athlete to learn this lesson the hard way.
Myers was heard criticizing manager Andy Green during a recent stream of the video game Fortnite being done by fellow professional baseball player Carlos Asuaje.
"The Padres are doing cutoff and relays tomorrow at 3 o'clock – in September, dude." Myers reportedly said.
"Oh my god. It's so miserable, man. It's insane. Andy could not be any worse than he is right now."
Myers was cut off by Asuaje, who said "Dude, I'm streaming this."
On Monday, Myers and Green met to discuss the remarks and Myers followed up with a public apology to reporters.
"I love Andy, and I love playing for him," Myers said to MLB.com. "He's a guy that has taught me a lot in this game. At times, you get into a mood where you get frustrated, no matter what's going on with a team or individually, and you say some things you shouldn't say in a conversation that you think's private. The reality is, now we're in 2018. ... I'm incredibly sorry, obviously to Andy, to my teammates, to the fans. This is a distraction we don't need."
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Green, for his part, seemed to understand where one of his star players was coming from.
"There were no excuses," Green said. "There was just ownership and an apology. There was, on my end, an understanding. I've done the same thing to my boss at some point in time in my life. It just wasn't 2018, where everything's recorded or streamed live."
Myers' comments on the stream came as the Padres held drills last week before games against the Rockies.
"I can't say those types of things, even if it is in private," Myers said. "Obviously, I'm terribly sorry about it. You can't complain about drills, especially when you're trying to get better. It was not even necessarily about the drill or Andy himself. That was just coming off being swept in L.A., and there was some frustration there."
Said Green of the drills: "For us, we're pretty determined to create some accountability and standards, and sometimes that asks for certain drills to be done at certain times of the year, even if it's not pleasant or fun or normal to do them at that time of year."
Myers, who has been limited to 62 games this season, is batting .252 with 10 home runs.