Sports Blue Jays suspend Pillar 2 games for using homophobic slur

07:21  19 may  2017
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ATLANTA — Kevin Pillar has been suspended for two games for shouting an anti-gay slur at an Atlanta Braves pitcher, an incident the Toronto Blue Jays centre-fielder says he deeply regrets but hopes It’s not the first time the Jays have suspended a player over the use of a homophobic slur .

The Blue Jays , perhaps in an attempt to get out ahead of any punishment from the league, have since suspended Pillar for two games . Pillar gave a statement in which he admitted that he did use a homophobic slur , and apologized for doing so.

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Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins announced Thursday that the team has suspended outfielder Kevin Pillar two games for uttering a homophobic slur at Atlanta Braves reliever Jason Motte during Wednesday's game at SunTrust Park.

Atkins told reporters in Atlanta that the decision was made in consultation with the MLB Players' Association and commissioner Rob Manfred. Per Sportsnet's Hazel Mae, there will be no further discipline against Pillar from the commissioner's office.

Pillar's lost salary from his suspension will be donated to LGBTQ causes, though details have yet to be worked out, according to Sportsnet's Shi Davidi.

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The Toronto Blue Jays have suspended outfielder Kevin Pillar two games after he directed a homophobic slur at Atlanta Braves pitcher Jason Motte during a game on Wednesday.

The Blue Jays have suspended outfielder Kevin Pillar two games for his use of a homophobic slur against the Braves on Wednesday. Pillar has started in center field for each of the Jays ’ 41 games this season.

Pillar directed the slur at Motte in the seventh inning of Wednesday's game after believing he had been quick-pitched. The incident briefly caused the benches to clear.

The 28-year-old admitted to using the slur after the game, and issued an official apology to the Blue Jays, Braves, Motte, and the LGBTQ community Thursday afternoon, prior to the announcement of his suspension. He accepted his suspension and apologized again in a press conference Thursday afternoon.

"Hopefully people will learn from this ... there's no place for this language on field, at home, in (the) clubhouse, with your friends," Pillar said, according to Faizal Khamisa of Sportsnet.

"I have the ability to be made an example of, and I'm willing to accept that."

In their own statement, the Blue Jays said the organization was "extremely disappointed" in Pillar.

This isn't the first time the Blue Jays organization has suspended a player for on-field homophobic actions. In 2012, shortstop Yunel Escobar was handed a three-game ban by the club after he wrote a homophobic message on his eye black during a game.

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