MLB investigating homophobic slur by Toronto's Pillar
New York (AFP) – Major League Baseball is investigating Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar regarding what appeared to be a homophobic slur screamed after striking out against Atlanta Braves pitcher Jason Motte.
Pillar struck out to end the seventh inning in Wednesday’s 8-4 loss at Atlanta and claimed that he was quick pitched by Motte, yelling the slur at the mound in a confrontation that caused both teams to empty the benches.
After the game, Pillar, a 28-year-old American, apologized for his actions.
“It was immature. It was stupid. It was uncalled for,” Pillar said after game. “It’s part of the game. It’s just, I’m a competitive guy and heat of the moment.
“Obviously, I’m going to do whatever I’ve got to do to reach out and apologize and let him know he didn’t do anything wrong. It was all me.”
The Blue Jays suspended shortstop Yunel Escobar for three games after he wrote a homophobic slur in Spanish in black makeup under his eyes in 2012.
Escobar was ordered to undergo sensitivity training and his three-game salary was donated to the “You Can Play” project, which works to ensure athletes are treated the same regardless of sexual orientation.