Matt Joyce Allegedly Calls Fan Homophobic Slur During Game vs. Angels

Paola Ditto
Agosto 6, 2017

Oakland Athletics star Matt Joyce allegedly called a fan a gay slur and challenged him to fight during a heated exchange at Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels.

Major League Baseball announced the suspension Saturday, saying Joyce will take part in a public outreach initiative with PFLAG, a family and ally organization supporting the LGBTQ community. "This language is unacceptable & will not be tolerated", the team wrote on Twitter Saturday.

The As are donating more than $54,000 of Joyces lost salary to PFLAG.

The 33-year old was quick to brush off the comment as a result of his frustration after the game; Joyce had just grounded out to C.J. Cron, who made a diving play to save a hit in the A's 8-6 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

Oakland Athletics outfielder Matt Joyce has apologized for directing a gay slur toward a fan, acknowledging that he had a "truly regrettable moment" and saying that "those words should NEVER come out of someone's mouth".

This wouldn't be the first time an Major League Baseball player has used an anti-gay slur this season, if that is in fact what Joyce did.

The 33-year-old Florida native earned an All-Star Game selection with Tampa in 2011 and is now batting at.227 with 14 home runs in 98 games this season with the Athletics. "Obviously, we're pretty frustrated on our side and I had just hit a ball hard and had Cron make a good play", Joyce told the AP.

'I was walking back to the dugout and just had a fan yell some vulgar and obscene words.

After the game, Joyce also acknowledged he shouldn't have reacted. For me it just wasn't the right time to say some stuff like that.

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