Baseball player handed two-game suspension for anti-gay slur at opponent

Baseball player handed two-game suspension for anti-gay slur at opponent

Baseball player handed two-game suspension for anti-gay slur at opponent

Given all that, plus the fact that the Jays beaned Braves MVP Freddie Freeman, breaking his wrist and knocking him out for 8-10 weeks, you would have thought both teams would be given warnings prior to Thursday night's series finale. After the Braves took two straight in Toronto, the teams shifted to SunTrust Park to complete the four-game, home-and-home series.

The Toronto Blue Jays suspended center fielder Kevin Pillar on Thursday for two games after he made a homophobic slur toward an opponent on Wednesday.

Major League Baseball is investigating the incident, and the team management announced Thursday afternoon that Pillar would not play against Atlanta Thursday and would also sit out the next game.

"I'm completely and utterly embarrassed", Pillar wrote via Twitter, "and feel disgusting to have put the fans, my teammates and the Blue Jays organization in this position".

Pillar spoke with the media after the game, to explain his choice of words towards the situation. He called Motte to apologize, and said in his statement that he also wanted to "apologize to the Braves organization and their fans, and most importantly, to the LGBTQ community for the lack of respect I displayed last night".

An inning later, Bautista repeated behavior that he has, on the other hand, become known for. The second time was after Toronto slugger Jose Bautista flipped his bat and gave Atlanta pitcher Eric O'Flaherty the evil eye.

Atlanta catcher Kurt Suzuki and home plate umpire Brian O'Nora stepped in to diffuse the tension.

Bautista is of the belief that (over) reacting to home run celebrations is a thing of the past, a view shared by Jays manager John Gibbons. "It's turned into look-at-me stuff". It's frustrating as a pitcher. He's still got a lot of talent, and I've seen enough signs to believe he's not washed up as a player. I'm just exhausted of it.

This wasn't anything quite like Bautista's over-the-top bat flip against the Rangers in the 2015 playoffs, when he tossed it at least 20 feet in the air in the direction of the Rangers dugout.

Probably rattled from that, Biagini walked a pair to score the first Braves run and with the bases loaded, Nick Markakis hit a single into the left-field corner that scored two more.

That may be true, but again, why THAT word?

Met with more words from Suzuki at the plate, Bautista didn't back down, but he didn't puff out his chest either.

O'Flaherty then brought up a punch that Bautista took just over a year ago during a scuffle with Texas second baseman Rougned Odor.

"I really felt embarrassed for myself, for my family for this organization", Pillar said, adding that he had not slept much Wednesday night. As Bean, who returned in 2014 as baseball's ambassador for inclusion before promoted to his current role, put it: "What I hope comes from (Saturday) is that because of Kevin's character, that he will understand the privilege that comes with his platform and that he will take advantage of that and be an even better ambassador for baseball and be inclusive of the LGBT community". Bautista's a great player.

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