Blue Jays' Escobar Suspended 3 Games For Homophobic Slur

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar was wearing eye black on Saturday. Players often write words on the eye black; it was discovered that Escobar’s wording contained a homophobic slur written in Spanish.

After a meeting involving Escobar and representatives of the Blue Jays, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players’ association, it was announced Tuesday that Escobar would be suspended. Here’s a (brief) statement from the Blue Jays, via tweets from the team’s official Twitter account:

Thus, Escobar will miss the Blue Jays’ series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium, an important series for the New Yorkers. Escobar is having the worst full season of his career, hitting just .251/.295/.346 in 514 at-bats.

A further Blue Jays tweet indicates that at least some good will come of this:

Salary lost by Yunel Escobar during his suspension will be directed by the Toronto @BlueJays to You Can Play and the GLAAD.

For more on the Blue Jays, please visit Bluebird Banter.

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