Toronto CF Kevin Pillar apologizes for using anti-gay slur

Posted May 20, 2017

Major League Baseball announced Thursday it suspended Pillar for two games for shouting "fag" at Braves pitcher Jason Motte after he struck out to retire his side in the top of the 7th inning at SunTrust Park in Atlanta.

Replays appeared to show Pillar using the slur as he yelled toward the mound, and the player issued a statement acknowledging his wrongdoing.

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, whose wrist was broken Wednesday by a pitch from Toronto Blue Jays' Aaron Loop and is in a cast, opens a piece of bubble gum in the dugout during the first inning of the teams' baseball game Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Atlanta.

Pillar apologized for the slur, and as far as these kinds of apologies go, it's a good one that actually seems honest - no mentions of "Sorry if I offended you" or anything like that, a tactic that shifts the blame away from the responsible party. It's not a word I use ever.

He had played in all 38 games for Baltimore this season, hitting.224 with nine home runs.

Pillar will not be paid for either game which amounts to about $6,066 of his $550,000 salary and he will also pay an undisclosed fine.

Pillar has also called Motte to apologize.

"A large group decided that was appropriate", Atkins said of the suspension.

After the game, with TV cameras and microphones surrounding Pillar in the locker room. In 2012, shortstop Yunel Escobar was placed on a three-game suspension for writing an anti-gay slur in Spanish on his eye black sticker.

It's worth pointing out that when Pillar referred to it being "part of the game" he was talking about the emotions involved.

The Braves won the first three games of the series, outscoring the Blue Jays 27-15.

Braves pitcher Eric O'Flaherty didn't mince words about Bautista's latest actions. "It's turned into look-at-me stuff".

Teheran hit Jose Bautista with a pitch in the first inning, a day after Bautista's bat flip following a home run drew criticism from the Braves. "Don't let it define me ... but really I think it was just frustration from coming off a really good homestand and really just not even being in any of these ball games".

Sports writers tell me that it's not uncommon to hear this kind of vulgar banter in locker rooms and sadly, we still see examples of how gay athletes are shunned by pro sports leagues.

Recently, stadium officials gave The Associated Press a tour for an exclusive story.

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