Jewish MLB player suspended for homophobic slur

Kevin Pillar was quick to apologize for his offense, but the damage was done.

By JTA
May 19, 2017 23:20
Kevin Pillar

Kevin Pillar on September 30, 2015. (photo credit: KEITH ALLISON/WIKIMEDIA)

 
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The Toronto Blue Jays suspended their center fielder Kevin Pillar for two games after he hurled an anti-gay slur at an opposing pitcher.

Pillar used the slur against Jason Motte of the Atlanta Braves during a game Wednesday night when he thought the pitcher tried to “quickpitch” him — throw a pitch before he was ready to hit in the batter’s box.

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The Jewish player was quick to apologize for the incident.

“I was ashamed. I regret saying it,” he told reporters before another game against the Braves on Thursday. “I’m going to be used as an example of how words can really offend a lot of people.”

Pillar, known as one of the top defensive outfielders in the major leagues, will be able to return on Saturday, when the Blue Jays play the Baltimore Orioles. He will also be fined an undisclosed amount.

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