Sports Blue Jays suspend Pillar 2 games for using homophobic slur

07:21  19 may  2017
07:21  19 may  2017 Source:   theScore

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The Toronto Blue Jays have suspended Kevin Pillar for two games after he uttered a homophobic slur towards Atlanta Braves reliever Jason Motte. If you’ve seen the replays, it’s noticeable that Pillar used the slur when he yelled at Motte.

The Toronto Blue Jays are handing centre-fielder Kevin Pillar a two - game suspension for directing an anti-gay slur at an Atlanta Braves pitcher.

  Blue Jays suspend Pillar 2 games for using homophobic slur © Icon Sportswire / Getty

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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Kevin Pillar was suspended two games for yelling a homophobic slur at Braves pitcher Jason Motte. This is not who I am and will use this as an opportunity to better myself.” The Blue Jays also released a statement apologizing to its fan base and the LGBT community that said, “In no way is this

Centre-fielder Kevin Pillar has been suspended two games by the Toronto Blue Jays for his use of a homophobic slur towards Atlanta Braves pitcher Jason Motte on Wednesday night. %2Fbaseball%2Fmlb%2Fblue- jays - suspend -kevin- pillar - 2 - games - homophobic - slur %2F.

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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