Blue Jays outfielder Pillar apologizes for using anti-gay slur

Lynette Rowe
May 19, 2017

The suspension comes after an investigation by Major League Baseball into the incident during Toronto's tension-filled 8-4 loss at Atlanta. "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". Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki stepped in, but both teams' benches cleared.

Pillar was much more contrite in his statement Thursday. It's a message that LGBTQ people - and for all the bloodless but well-meaning references to "the LGBTQ community", it's important to remember that we're talking about people - have heard their entire lives, and LGBTQ baseball fans just saw it repeated on television. After the game, Pillar apologized, but gave no insight into what he had said.

According to Atkins, Pillar will forfeit his salary and it will be donated as details have yet to be confirmed.

Pillar also apologized Thursday on Twitter.

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"We're in the process of trying to gather the facts as a prelude to determine whether and what discipline's appropriate", he told The Associated Press. "It's part of the game, it's just, I'm a competitive guy and heat of the moment". Shortstop Yunel Escobar, then playing for the Blue Jays, was suspended for three games after writing a homophobic slur in Spanish on his eye black, the substance ballplayers put below their eyes to reduce the sun's glare.

"We wanted to make sure we were as proactive as possible to get in front of it", Atkins said. Jose Bautista homered to left field, stood at home plate and stared toward pitcher Eric O'Flaherty before flipping the bat away with a towering toss in Atlanta.? Jace Peterson shouted something at Bautista as he rounded first base, and Suzuki exchanged words with the Blue Jays slugger after he touched home plate. I'm just exhausted of it.

No punches were thrown, but O'Flaherty didn't mince words about Bautista's actions.

"That's something making the game tough to watch", the pitcher said, referring to previous home run celebrations by the Toronto slugger. Bautista had caused one of the benches-clearing incidents the night before after he hit a home run in the eighth inning and flipped his bat. I'm just exhausted of it. "I've seen it from him enough".

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