Kevin Pillar Suspended Two Games For Using Homophobic Slur


“I regret saying it”, he said.

However, though the incident didn’t lead to the benches clearing, the Braves made sure to respond to Jose Bautista’s Wednesday night bat flip.

This is the second Blue Jays player that has been suspended for using a homophobic slur in a game.

‘There is no question that was in the heat of the moment, but that’s no excuse, ‘ Atkins said.

Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (0-1) is 5-3 with a 4.31 ERA in 14 games, including nine starts, against the Orioles. “I’m a competitive guy”. “By doing so I had just extended the use of a word that has no place in baseball, in sports or anywhere in society today”.

Dwight Smith Jr., the son of the former outfielder who played for four teams, including the Braves, was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to replace Pillar on the roster.

On Thursday, Pillar called Motte to apologize and issued a statement saying that he also wanted to apologize to the Braves organization, their fans and, most importantly, to the LGBTQ community for the “lack of respect” he displayed during the game. He will also pay an undisclosed fine. “I hope people see this as just an error in judgment”. “I was trying to make it feel a little bit better (while running the bases)”. 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.

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.

The unexpected theatrics provided by Stroman – who allowed seven hits in 5 2/3 shutout innings – and Maile in the fourth, on top of a run scored by Ezequiel Carrera, were highlights on a night when Toronto desperately needed the entertainment.

Pillar’s slur came during a heated game in which Braves star Freddie Freeman was struck on the left wrist by a pitch, resulting in a fracture that will sideline one of the game’s best hitters for approximately 10 weeks.

Bautista didn’t say a thing on either pitch and took first without issue as home-plate umpire Paul Emmel issued warnings to both dugouts.

“That’s something making the game tough to watch”, the pitcher said, referring to previous home run celebrations by the Toronto slugger. I’m just exhausted of it. “Obviously I’m going to do whatever I’ve got to do to reach out and apologize and let him know he didn’t do anything wrong, it was all me”.

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