In what already is a season to forget for Blue Jays fans, The Toronto Blue Jays are now taking heat from community members not invested in the sport, all because of a derogatory term used by Yunel Escobar, written on his eye black.
“Completely out of character” Blue Jays Manager, John Farrell speaking to media at Yankee Stadium about the young short-stop.
Escobar received a three-game suspension, without pay for his actions. The 90,000+ dollars he will forfeit are being donated by the Toronto Blue Jays Club to GLAAD and You Can Play Project, which exist to build allies for Gay & Lesbian athletes in sport at all levels.
Through the use of a translator, Yunel Escobar told media that his use of a derogatory term “was not something intended to be offensive.” While many professional baseball players that come from outside North America use this type of slang in everyday speech, it is unclear if Major League Baseball is responsible for educating it’s players so an event like this is prevented or if the responsibility falls on the individual clubs.
A phone call to the MLB Commissioner’s Office was not immediately returned.
To see an uncensored photograph of Escobar’s eyes-black click here.