MLB player accused of gay slur
Officials with Major League Baseball are once again embarrassed over the behavior of a player. This time a player, Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar, is accused of making a gay slur, reports the Huffington Post.
Officials have received reports that Escobar, who played for the Toronto team during its game with the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, wore eye black on which he wrote a message in white letters.
The message was first pointed out by a Blue Jays fan who took a close-up photo of Escobar’s face from behind the dugout. That photo shows words in Spanish printed on Escobar’s eye black that translate to “You are a F—-t.” Teammates say that Escobar is known to write funny sayings on his eye black, and that such an inflammatory statement may have been a prank.
A spokesperson for Major League Baseball went on the record to say that the commissioner’s office takes such accusations very seriously and is looking into the matter. The Blue Jays front office also released a statement regarding the seriousness of the matter and vowed to do its own investigation. Escobar, the team’s general manager, manager and coach will hold a press conference for the media sometime on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium in New York City.
During a press conference Tuesday, Escobar apologized for for homophobic slur, an action that resulted in a three-game suspension.
“Honestly it’s been a terrible experience in my life and career,” Escobar said through a translator. “It’s something I’m sorry for and something I won’t do again.”
The team announced the suspension after Escobar and team officials met with representatives from Major League Baseball and the Major League Players Association, reports NewsTalk1010.