Toronto Blue Jays centre fielder, Kevin Pillar, has been handed a two-game suspension after an on-field altercation between himself and Jason Motte. The altercation between the two began when Motte used a quick-pitch to try to strikeout Pillar, who then proceeded to shout a homophobic slur at Motte.
The shouted insult was caught on video and after the game Pillar issued a quick, half-apology to Motte, before posting a full and sincere apology to his Twitter.
— Kevin Pillar (@KPILLAR4) May 18, 2017
Toronto general manager Ross Atkins and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred handed down the sentence which will see Pillar miss the next two Toronto games and fined an undisclosed amount. It’s not the first time that a Toronto player has been suspended for using the same homophobic slur; Yunel Escobar was given a three-game suspension in 2012 for writing ‘fa**ot’ in Spanish.
Kevin Pillar does seem to have learnt his lesson and despite the disappointing incident it is refreshing to see a major sports star acknowledge his mistake in using a word that has no place in today’s society.