Jarred Cosart, the Houston Astros pitcher, has apologized for a recent homophobic tweet referencing pop star Justin Bieber.
The incident occurred when Cosart was responding on Twitter to fellow baseball player Tyson Gillies on Monday after Gillies had been gloating about the Canadian team's Winter Olympic success.
Cosart had tweeted back to the player, including a widely known three-letter gay slur in his response.
He quickly deleted the tweet, and later apologized for the incident in a series of subsequent tweets:
"I used a very poor choice of words in one of my tweets earlier today that I need to apologize for. The tweet does not reflect who I am.
"Or what I stand for as far an an organization. Go astros," he told his followers.
Cosart will be hoping to continue as staring pitcher for the Astros in the upcoming season but his actions have drawn wide criticism.
The incident comes at a time when homosexuality is making headlines in the sporting world after college football player Michael Sam came out as gay.
Yahoo sports have a screen grab of the original tweet should you be interested.