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Toronto Blue Jays' Escobar Suspended 3 Games for Anti-Gay Slur, Will Donate Lost Salary to GLAAD, 'You Can Play'


Toronto Blue Jays player Yunel Escobar, who took the field over the weekend with "Tu Ere Maricon" ("You are a faggot") painted in his eye black, will face a three game suspension and donate his lost salary to anti-defamation group GLAAD, and You Can Play, an organization dedicated to combating homophobia in sports.

Y_escobarHe will also undergo sensitivity training.

Said Escobar at a press conference this afternoon, through a translator: “I don’t have anything against homosexuals. I have friends that are gay...It’s just something that’s been said amongst the Latinos. It’s not something that’s meant to be offensive.”

If archived video becomes available of the presser, I'll be posting it later.

The Blue Jays released a statement: "The Blue Jays want to reaffirm that discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated. The club looks forward to supporting the efforts of You Can Play and GLAAD to help promote education for players and fans alike and to help keep language like this out of the game and society."

Said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick: "Today's actions show that MLB and the Toronto Blue Jays are committed to creating an environment that all fans and families can enjoy, not a place where discriminatory language and anti-gay attitudes are accepted."


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  1. HAHA!! lol

    Posted by: Maricon II | Sep 18, 2012 3:47:00 PM

  2. He seems like he may be stupid.

    Posted by: Michael W. | Sep 18, 2012 3:49:42 PM

  3. Just three games? It should be 30! He thought this was funny - cool - okay??? Toronto needs to dump this guy. Had he painted "You Are A N(word)" the uproar to remove him permanently would be overwhelming.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Sep 18, 2012 3:52:50 PM

  4. It wasn't meant to be offensive? What? He thought it was cute? Of course it was meant to be offensive; he wouldn't have bothered with it if it wasn't. What a moron.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Sep 18, 2012 3:55:49 PM

  5. Effing Neanderthal !

    "Some of my friends are gay."

    Yeah, and some of my friends are turnips.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 18, 2012 4:09:42 PM

  6. From now on, whenever the "I have gay friends/co-workers/employees" card is played it must be accompanied by a public appearance with said gay friends/co-workers/employees.

    Statements from the above named groups will be taken, followed by a brief question and answer period.

    And no, it's not something that's just said amongst Latinos; it's something that's said deliberately and with definite meaning amongst Latinos. There's a difference

    Posted by: Elsewhere | Sep 18, 2012 4:09:44 PM

  7. The press conference was simply too amazingly awful to believe. With all of this said, I doubt Escobar will be playing for Toronto beyond this season. There is definitely A LOT of anger towards him from Blue Jay fans and the press conference he just gave harmed him even more.

    He tried making excuses and came up with gems such as "the person who cuts my hair is gay" and "I didn't mean it like that". I mean, I am almost speechless. That was really crazy. Yunel Escobar seems really stupid.

    Posted by: Francis | Sep 18, 2012 4:11:12 PM

  8. The "friend defense". The tried and failed reason for bigotry.

    Posted by: Sam | Sep 18, 2012 4:12:29 PM

  9. Why oh why not of these guys says, I made a huge mistake and I was offensive. I am really sorry, even though the damage has already done. Why not?

    Posted by: Matt26 | Sep 18, 2012 4:17:31 PM

  10. I still don't know why he did it. I hope he gets advice on how to give a real apology - "I know some gay people" isn't an auspicious start. BTW, I'm sure You Can Play will be happy to accept the cash.

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Sep 18, 2012 4:19:06 PM

  11. Please, leave her alone...

    Posted by: denisonnison | Sep 18, 2012 4:20:01 PM

  12. Look, it's the same defense as the one used by those people who use the "That's so Gay" phrase.

    Posted by: Tim NC | Sep 18, 2012 4:30:08 PM

  13. i am cuban and i am gay and some of my straight friends say this, i know they mean no harm, sometimes when i'm stuck in traffic and someone cuts in front of me i say it too... is just a way of saying you are a pussy,it is used in the Caribbean ... i'm glad you can play will get some money from this whole thing cus i think they are doing a great job .... i dont think Escobar meant to hurt anybody and the apologies are never good enough for the bitter ones ....we (gays) as a community are more sensitive than a nipple piercing ...everything is an attack everything is an insult... chill

    Posted by: xael | Sep 18, 2012 4:32:03 PM

  14. Unless this is some slang I'm not familiar with, in addition to being a bigot his eyeliner displays his stupidity as well. It's "tu eres", not "ere" and since it just means "are", it's hardly obscure and a Spanish speaker should certainly know how to spell it.

    Posted by: Brian | Sep 18, 2012 4:33:30 PM

  15. No doubt homophobia is a more accepted part of everyday life wherever he comes from. Newsflash: he's an uneducated baseball player with limited intelligence.

    The team's at fault here. Ineffective training in the basics of being a major league player. No one saw this? Would he have been on the field with a racial slur under his eyes? Somehow I think they'd have caught that - in grammatically incorrect Spanish or not.

    Why three games though - are there sentencing guidelines somewhere?

    Still, actions have consequences...lets hope he can ex(s)trapolate.


    Posted by: Fahd | Sep 18, 2012 4:35:22 PM

  16. Do your research people. It's like black people calling each other the n word, but don't call them that if you don't know them. I t was poor judgement on his part,because it could potentially be seen by all but was meant for his Latino colleagues only.
    Look at this cultural explanation,if you are so open minded.
    Friday, July 20, 2007
    What does maricón really mean?
    Q: Hispanic presidential candidate Bill Richardson was recently accused of using the slur against homosexuals maricón, faggot. He said he used it in a playful manner, that where he comes from it is not insulting. What does maricón really mean? What’s the etymology?

    A: It means homosexual. It also means lacking spirit or aggressiveness. Maricón derives from Maria. It's the diminutive form used euphemistically for women. Since medieval times it has been used for homosexuals in Romance languages. Governor Richardson is partly right in saying that it’s not offensive in some Spanish-speaking communities. It all depends who says it, and under what circumstances. Playing soccer, for instance, if you miss a clear goal, your teammates will exclaim: Qué maricón, hermano! Literally: What a fogget you are, brother! But what they really meant was: how can you miss, brother? In this case it has nothing to do with sexual orientation.

    Posted by: Paula Gato | Sep 18, 2012 4:40:04 PM

  17. Lol! "It's just something said among Hispanics"?! Yeah, Hispanics who call people f*ggots!

    That might be the lamest "apology" I've heard.

    But let's say, for the sake of argument, that what he intended was "You are a pussy." Would that make it acceptable? No.

    Posted by: Caliban | Sep 18, 2012 4:42:24 PM

  18. @Paula...hey girlfriend, get a clue. Shame on you whatever you are, wherever you're from.
    You sound like you're "educated" but have no common sense. Ignorance is not an excuse...and you should know it.

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Sep 18, 2012 4:54:16 PM

  19. What an idiot. When photographed at most angles, it's just going to be the word 'Maricon' under his eye. Buffoon!

    Posted by: Gregoire | Sep 18, 2012 4:58:46 PM

  20. "With all of this said, I doubt Escobar will be playing for Toronto beyond this season. There is definitely A LOT of anger towards him from Blue Jay fans"

    So many of you so grossly over-estimate the degree of interest most of the population has in gay issues. The truth of the matter is that most people are apathetic when it comes to homophobia, few of them have strongly favorable views of gays or feel any real anger when they witness a homophobic incident, and the perpetrator of the incident is therefore never going to get more than a slap on the wrist, as is the case in this situation.

    The guy probably would not even have been suspended if the Blue Jays were in playoff contention, but since the season is practically over and they are just playing out the string, they went ahead and slapped him on the wrist.

    No doubt he will be back next season and the whole incident will long be forgotten.

    Gays are NOT a popular group with the public, even among people who believe we should have equal rights......and we are not likely ever to become a popular group until gay culture gets a complete overhaul....

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 18, 2012 4:59:16 PM

  21. If he wrote something, anything negative about Jews his world would come crashing down. He would be kicked out of the league before an "investigation" ever started. Anyway, he will go through the motions but nothing will change. Do you really believe going to GLAAD for a couple hours will change his mind, a mind he's had from an early age? Anti-gay bigotry doesn't have to have gay people in view to exist. Heterosexual-only and heterosexual-better mindsets are all that is required for anti-gay bigotry to exist.

    Posted by: Bill | Sep 18, 2012 5:09:11 PM

  22. Nice. Just incur upon him some Islamic barbaric punishments as well. Woot Woot!

    Posted by: Pommie | Sep 18, 2012 5:10:32 PM

  23. @Rick...that last paragraph of yours is cute.
    I assume by "overhaul" you mean sans-sissy !
    Your mind must be a horrible place to spend time, eh?

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Sep 18, 2012 5:17:13 PM

  24. @Paula: Then better learn to use the word where it would be accepted 'coz the civilized society certainly didn't like it. Stop giving us this BS and go educate yourself or are you really this dumb so as to not realise that cultures do vary? Having said that when you realsie this that you're coming from an uneducated, uncivilized society then you should just stop using your cute-word-of-my-community thingy while playing at a level which carries global implications.

    Posted by: Pommie | Sep 18, 2012 5:24:04 PM

  25. @Rick
    Now is your time to die so, please stfu and just die.

    Posted by: Pommie | Sep 18, 2012 5:25:35 PM

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