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Blue Jays player suspended for calling pitcher gay slur

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Kevin Pillar - Twitter

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar has been put on a two-game suspension after using a homophobic slur aimed at Braves pitcher Jason Motte during Thursday night’s game reports OutSports.

This penalty was administered by the team and not Major League Baseball which may have penalties of their own.

Pillar went on social media and issued an apology

“Last night, following my at-bat in the 7th inning I used inappropriate language towards Braves pitcher Jason Motte.

By doing so I had just helped the use of a word that has no place in baseball, in sports or anywhere in society today. I’m completely and utterly embarrassed and feel horrible to have put the fans, my teammates and Blue Jays organization in this position.

I have apologized personally to Jason Motte but also need to apologize to the Braves organization and their fans, and most importantly, to the LGBTQ community for the lack of respect I displayed last night.

This is not who I am and will use this as an opportunity to better myself.”

In 2012, The Blue Jays suspended player Yunel Escobar for three games because he wrote “you are a fa**ot” in Spanish on his eye black.

 Pillar’s two-game suspension is 1.2% of the season.

The team has issued a statement saying, “In no way is this kind of behaviour accepted or tolerated.”