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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.
This may be the case if the players don’t get there first.
This is no original six rivalry. It’s much harder to choose whom to root for and the only ones who will win or lose are the fans.
The National Hockey League and it’s Players’ Association are engaging in another bitter collective bargaining agreement that may see the NHL lockout it’s players for the second time in 7 years.
It’s hard to believe that the NHL or it’s players’ will need to engage in damage-control after a work stoppage of one game, several games, or an entire season. Hockey fans are a passionate group that understand the love of the game goes beyond the player name or who runs the front office; it’s about the colours on the jersey, but how long can they pretend to believe that those involved on and off the ice feel the same way?
It’s unclear what the National Hockey League or individual teams will do to soften the blow of potentially missing the start of the season. League and team representatives were unable to comment about their planned approach, reinforcing the delicate situation.
Only time will tell if pucks drop before the fan base does.