Jays CF Pillar suspended 2 games for anti-gay slur

Frederick Owens
May 25, 2017

Atlanta Braves' Freddie Freeman reacts after being hit by a pitch during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Atlanta.

"The Toronto Blue Jays are extremely disappointed by the comments made by Kevin Pillar following his at-bat during the 7th inning of last night's game", the statement said.

Again, though, this apology seems honest, and the fact Pillar says he'll use this moment to better himself is what matters.

The Blue Jays released a statement Thursday on the Pillar incident.

Having to grade an apology for an anti-gay outburst is absurd, but as apologies go, Pillar's stands out for its lack of equivocation. He yelled toward the mound, prompting Motte to throw up his arms as if he didn't know what the problem was. There was no mistaking what he said and the slur sparked both benches to clear.

But he conceded that his team was frustrated.

"It just stems from a little frustration in myself, just the way this series has been going", he said.

After the contest, Pillar called the remark "immature" and "stupid". It was uncalled for. "[Quick pitches] are part of the game, it's just, I'm a competitive guy and heat of the moment". "I regret saying it wholeheartedly". A two-game suspension isn't much - the shame of his actions will probably hurt Pillar more than two days' lost pay - but it's a necessary message to send. "We are too", said Atkins, who flew to Atlanta to deal with the situation personally.

"We were made aware of an allegation along the lines of what you've described, and we're in the process of trying to gather the facts as a prelude to determine whether and what discipline is appropriate", he said, per ESPN.

Pillar said he hopes others will learn from his actions.

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"I'm surprised he's ready to fight again after what happened a year ago".

The You Can Play Project, which advocates for inclusion in sport, also expressed optimism that Pillar could have a positive impact.

Of all the insults he could have uttered, why was it that a homophobic slur was the first thing that came out of his mouth?

If Pillar did indeed use a homophobic slur-and I'm sure they'll find out from the home plate umpire, if not Suzuki and Motte-Pillar will be looking at a suspension and a fine.

In 2012, the Blue Jays suspended shortstop Yunel Escobar for three games for playing while wearing eye black that contained a gay slur in Spanish.

Pillar had been the team's most impressive player.

The trouble started in the seventh inning, when Braves reliever Jason Motte struck out Kevin Pillar and Pillar muttered some unkind words to the veteran righty.

Benches emptied in the Blue Jays- Braves game Wednesday night after Toronto slugger?

After the game, O'Flaherty wasn't shy about his opinion of Bautista's antics and took a subtle shot at the showboater for the infamous punch he took from Rangers' Rougend Odor a year ago. "It's just turned into "look at me" stuff".

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