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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. Everyone who's been caught making an anti-gay slur has always said 'But I have gay friends'. YEAH, RIGHT.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 18, 2012 9:05:34 PM

  2. I am surprised noone brought this up so I will...

    Why was he even allowed to go in the field wearing it? You can not tell me what it said didn't spread like wild fire amongst the entire dug out. It's a safe bet the entire team and managers by them knew exactly what it said before he even walked on the field.

    There is a lot more to this story and GLADD or whomever needs to tell them to shove that money up his arse.

    Posted by: Michael | Sep 18, 2012 10:56:06 PM

  3. Me think thou doth protest too much. Classic Closet Case. Also cant speak English. REAL BRAINIAC.

    Posted by: DJ Tenn. nYc | Sep 18, 2012 11:24:08 PM

  4. He's got his buttcrack sideways on his face, with a sign below his eyes to prove it, s'wy he talk's sh*&.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Sep 18, 2012 11:58:23 PM

  5. Just another dumb athlete. Not a brain in his head. Once his career is over he will be bankrupt - he doesn't have the brainpower to save or invest.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Sep 18, 2012 11:58:48 PM

  6. I don't agree with Rick, usually, at at actually, but Escobar is not going anywhere. He is one of the strongest power hitters in the league and one of the best Blue Jay players. Sports fans have a short memory and forgive a lot. Look at Michael Vick? It has nothing to do with a problem in gay culture but more sport culture and atheletes having a different set of rules.

    Posted by: Scott mcg | Sep 19, 2012 12:46:19 AM

  7. The only people dumber and more idiotic than Escobar are most of the usual suspects who post on this site. Read their stupid comments and weep for the future of this Republic.

    Posted by: Andrew | Sep 19, 2012 1:26:21 AM

  8. @Icebloo: Escobar will be hiring you to cut the grass around his Crib, so don't antagonize him.

    Posted by: Andrew | Sep 19, 2012 1:46:08 AM

  9. @XAEL --you can fool yourself that it is not offensive to Cubans, but it is offensive to most Gay people, and certainly to Gay folks whose heritage is Mexican, etc.
    @PAULA GATO -- YOU ARE A COMPLETE IDIOT or a bigot to think that calling someone a faggot to taunt him is acceptable.
    from Wiki---In Spain, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Cuba the word has a stronger meaning with a very negative emphasis; akin to "faggot" or "poof" in the English language. In Argentina, Chile, and Mexico maricón or marica is especially used to denote a "chicken" (coward). In Chile, maricón also means "irrationally sadistic."

    Posted by: Bob | Sep 19, 2012 2:42:16 AM

  10. Is Towleroad so money hungry that they have to put anti-Obama ads on this site. Shame on you Andy Towle.

    Posted by: Andrew | Sep 19, 2012 4:04:53 AM

  11. @Andrew...Andy probably has no control over what pops up in banner ads. The same thing happened over at, in a discussion about Chick-Fil-A, during its celebration of hate, back on 8/1, a coupon kept appearing in one of the pop-ups or banner ads...drawing ire of readers....but it has happened outside firm, more than likely, is selling that ad space to any buyer, even if it seems to contradict the website it is on. Also, some people from the "other side" peruse this board on a regular (and well-documented) basis, so who knows, that ad may be hitting its target audience after all. Don't shame Andy without knowing all the facts, please. As for "maricon", there is NO positive reference for this word, no matter who or what nationality says it. It is derogatory in ANY Hispanic nation, and, as he discovered, also in Canada.

    Posted by: millerbeach | Sep 19, 2012 4:20:18 AM

  12. I don't buy that answer. He has control over what appears on his site.

    Posted by: Andrew | Sep 19, 2012 4:26:50 AM

  13. Not only it is stupid, offensive, and a sign of bad judgement, but it is misspelled!
    It should read "Eres maricon".
    Omitting the last S is a common mistake that people with bad education make. I am not surprised Mr. Neanderthal could not even spell his offensive remarks correctly.

    Posted by: Xavier | Sep 19, 2012 4:28:32 AM

  14. I was glad to see MLB had Escobar pay part of his fine to a gay cause. Back in 2000, when Chicago Cubs pitcher Julian Taverez,called S.F. fans "faggots", I took the time to write Commissioner Bud Selig, to recommend that Taverez fine should go to Gay Community Centers in S.F. and Chicago. So many MLB teams now have OUT Days at their ballparks, and actions like this must be addressed and players need to know that their stupidity will cost them big bucks.

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Sep 19, 2012 7:48:39 AM

  15. "What a maroon!" --Bugs Bunny

    Posted by: Gene Touchet | Sep 19, 2012 9:07:21 AM

  16. Wow you people need to get lives and quit paying attention to what other people do if everyone would pay attention to their own lives then it wouldnt even matter when someone did this at least a bunch of fags didnt kill no one over this and thank god he didnt say f**k muslims or toronto might be a dust cloud now

    Posted by: Brian | Sep 19, 2012 9:39:16 AM

  17. And why are people offended by being called what they are call me an a*****e and i will smile and say yep if I was offended with being called what I am then I what stop being what I am so if your a fag and have a problem with being called a fag then maybe your insecure with yourself about what you are

    Posted by: Brian | Sep 19, 2012 9:43:58 AM

  18. @XAEL,

    You have too much common-sense, and are too down to Earth, to be gay. I wish more gay men would have your attitude.

    I admit I freely use 'bad' words when I'm angry all the time, including the F word, not just the 4 letter one. And I'm not 'homophobic' or anti-gay, I'm a flawed human.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 19, 2012 11:21:54 AM

  19. @Paula Gato

    Get educated yourself.

    Black people hav historically called each other the "N" word . . . although it is increasing becoming less and less acceptable even among them, but Blacks have never considered the the "N" word weas an accceptable word for others to use, even if they were directing the word at each other.

    Gays have also called each other the "F" word . . . and like the "N" word is not a word we like to hear in the mouths of others.

    We are not merely talking about BS political correctness.If Escobar and Ozzie Guillen, all in good fun, want to rib their friends, then why not use use a racial slur representing their ethnicity, or call each other "A-holes?

    That would be emminently more apropro.

    They ar being offensive, and then expect us to be like you, GATO . . . too stupid to be offended.

    Posted by: Ricco | Sep 19, 2012 11:46:05 AM

  20. Should you not be asking who in the clubhouse painted his face.? He does not seem like the type who is artistically inclined. When toronto lets him go he can go back home and work in the fields or become a cab driver for the tourists.

    Posted by: hampton | Sep 19, 2012 2:37:19 PM

  21. Yes, "maricon" is a common, mostly friendly ,way to address one another in some Hispanic cultures. However, you have to be an absolute idiot to slap that on your face in an anglosaxon or a wider environment, even Hispanic, at a sports match no less. Moreover, the fact that people call each other "marica" with no sexual or derogatory implications in some cultures is slowly becoming charged by those derogatory nuances simply because today homosexuals are more visible and open in those same cultures where it was inconceivable someone would actually admit to be gay.

    Posted by: Jose | Sep 20, 2012 1:11:00 AM

  22. First of all if you don't know what the word means, then you shouldn't even be commenting on it. The word is used by many Spanish speaking countries. It is a bad word in some, but in others its kind of like saying dude, homie, ese, cabron, or any other word that shows camaraderie but in a harsher, more vulgar way. In Mexico, it does mean fag, but again, thats not how its used in other countries.

    Gays should have their rights. Everyone should. But you can't expect people to like you. Gay people have no problem bashing straight people and forcing their beliefs on them. Gays and straights are the same, so stop trying to create a division.

    Posted by: SkoobySnaks | Dec 2, 2012 10:41:55 PM

  23. superb advice nix matter what did you say? kind of work you do.

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