Blue Jays suspend Kevin Pillar two games

Paola Ditto
Mag 19, 2017

Benches emptied in the Blue Jays- Braves game Wednesday night after Toronto slugger?

The Blue Jays also released a statement on Pillar.

Replays appeared to show Pillar using the slur as he yelled toward the mound, and the player issued a statement acknowledging his wrongdoing. After what he described as a sleepless night, the player acknowledged his wrongdoing. Or use a different f-word that isn't marginalizing an entire group of people.

"The organization is taking the situation seriously and (general manager) Ross (Atkins) will be coming to Atlanta today", Blue Jays spokesman Jay Stenhouse said in an email.

Atkins was expected to hold a media availability before the finale of the four-game home-and-home series on Thursday night. He will forfeit approximately $6,066 of his $550,000 salary, with the money donated to charity.

From the tone and way he apologized, it certainly seems that Pillar understands he made a mistake and feels disgusting about it. "There is no question that was in the heat of the moment, but that's no excuse". "I am completely and utterly embarrassed and feel terrible to have put the organization in this position".

To start, Braves first baseman and National League home run leader Freddie Freeman left the game in the fifth inning after he was hit on the left hand by a pitch from Blue Jays reliever Aaron Loup. With his team trailing 8-3, Pillar struck out swinging to end a 1-2-3 seventh. He yelled toward the mound, prompting Motte to throw up his arms as if he didn't know what the problem was. Pillar headed toward the outfield and the Braves left the field.

"More than anything it's just a little frustration of how the series has been going and it came out in one play", he also said.

After the contest, Pillar called the remark "immature" and "stupid". It was uncalled for. It's part of the game.

Pillar said he apologized to Motte, to the Braves and their fans as well as the LGBTQ community "for the lack of respect I displayed".

It should be pointed out, however, that "This is not who I am" should be translated to something more like "This is not who I see myself as".

Pillar told reporters in Atlanta there is "no place for this language" anywhere, including on the baseball field. "I hope people see this as just an error in judgment".

In 2012, the Blue Jays suspended shortstop Yunel Escobar for three games for playing while wearing eye black that contained a gay slur in Spanish. Benches cleared briefly, but the game resumed. Toronto went on to lose 8-4.

No punches were thrown, but O'Flaherty didn't mince words about Bautista's actions.

Tensions ran high in the game. "It's turned into look-at-me stuff".

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. I'm just exhausted of it.

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