Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Toronto CF Kevin Pillar apologizes for using anti-gay slur

Toronto CF Kevin Pillar apologizes for using anti-gay slur

Pillar, eligible to return Saturday in Baltimore, acknowledged using the slur and apologized.

Pillar told reporters in Atlanta there is "no place for this language" anywhere, including on the baseball field.

The Blue Jays suspended Pillar without pay shortly after he apologized in a statement, saying he was "completely and utterly embarrassed" by the word he directed at Jason Motte.

The Blue Jays have also issued a statement on the matter.

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Joe Biagini sits on the bench during the fourth inning of the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Atlanta.

The Braves were nowhere as forgiving of Jays right fielder Jose Bautista after his bat-flip and glare to the mound after a late homer in an 8-4 loss on Wednesday.

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How?" When you are fighting for the title, the goal we conceded, you need to stop before and not concede this type of goal. "To win a league or a trophy is a key moment".


"Yeah, I mean, obviously that was the initial thing I was upset about but I think it just stems from a little frustration in myself and just the way this series has been going", Pillar said, per MLB.com.

'It was immature. It was stupid. It was uncalled for. "But slurs don't have to be 'part of the game.' And a homophobic slur doesn't have to define Kevin", wrote You Can Play president and co-founder Brian Kitts in an email.

Pillar also apologized Thursday on Twitter.

Afterwards, Bautista cited the heat of the moment line as well, though seemed contrite.

The Braves were clearly concerned about Freeman's condition after the game.

ESPN reported the suspension will cost Pillar $6,066 in salary.

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

Pillar said he hopes others will learn from his actions. He allowed three home runs, including an opposite field blast to opposing pitcher Marcus Stroman. "Becoming a role model and advocate going forward will".

The NBA has fined several players for using homophobic slurs, including Kobe Bryant for $100,000 in 2011 after he directed one at an official. They said, "The Toronto Blue Jays are extremely disappointed by the comments made by Kevin Pillar following his at-bat during the 7th inning of last night's game".

Despite his later more thorough apology, some fans say they won't be satisfied until Pillar and the team take some type of action to reduce discrimination in the sport. Tempers flared and bullpens cleared, but no punches were thrown. "It's just turned into look-at- me stuff".

Freeman is hitting.341 and tied for the major league lead with 14 homers. I just come in every day to try to help this team win and get back to the playoffs because it has been four years. "I didn't see it at the time but I saw the video".

"I'm surprised he's ready to fight after past year", said O'Flaherty, alluding to the punch Bautista took to the chin from Rougned Odor of the Texas Rangers.

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