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Toronto Blue Jays Shortstop Yunel Escobar Takes Field with Anti-Gay 'Maricon' Slur in His Eye Black


Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar has some explaining to do after taking the field on Saturday with an anti-gay slur printed in his eye black, Yahoo! Sports reports:

The "tu ere maricon" (sic) can be translated to "you are a faggot"...

...there is some reason to reserve judgment. Former Jays pitcher Dirk Hayhurst believes it to be a clubhouse prank — which basically just means there's a different source for such blatant homophobia. There's also the fact that Escobar sometimes wears eye black with funny sayings, so this would be out of character. (These, for instance, read "CHILLING")

Here's the thing, though: Eye black now comes in a strip or sticker form and players can write motivational sayings (think Tim Tebow) before applying themselves. There would be no need for Escobar to ask another player to write on his face. The handwriting in the "CHILLING" picture also matches the handwriting from the photo above.

Major League Baseball is investigating.

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  1. Just another idiot who is so self absorbed and living an overly privileged lifestyle that he has no feelings for anyone but himself.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Sep 17, 2012 8:24:16 PM

  2. Oh no, our "oh-so-enlightened" resident Canadian will have to choose between criticizing someone who is not white (Is there anything worse?) or remaining silent in the face of blatant homophobia. Such a dilemna. LOL.

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 17, 2012 8:31:20 PM

  3. Suspend him and fine him.
    Or maybe it was a self confessional.

    Posted by: I wont grow up | Sep 17, 2012 8:49:50 PM

  4. Maybe a teammate was found out to be gay or came out and this is one of his ways of creating a hostile environment to get that player to leave the team.

    Major League Baseball was founded in 1869 and still no out player. Gay people are pacified by these occasionaly players saying "things are changing" and "we are fine with a gay players" without ZERO results. I want the results, I don't want talk.

    Posted by: Bill | Sep 17, 2012 8:51:47 PM

  5. my understanding of the idiom is that maricon doesnt strictly mean faggot but is more like "queen", it has more of an effeminate connatation as well

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Sep 17, 2012 9:03:10 PM

  6. Spanish speaker here: Maricón is the equivalent of faggot, and it's the most offensive gay slur there is.

    Posted by: topher | Sep 17, 2012 9:15:36 PM

  7. In 2012, Toronto, Canada, and something like this happens with a professional player blatantly having an anti-gay message written across the eye black beneath their eyes? WOW. I'm honestly about speechless.

    Blue Jays fans are VERY unhappy about this. This dude's career in Toronto is probably over after this season. The Blue Jays organization allowing Escobar to walk the field with this eye black have a lot of explaining to do as well. With Toronto's gay population and affluent culture, this is going to be a severe problem for their PR.

    Posted by: Francis | Sep 17, 2012 9:22:01 PM

  8. Hold on... So it'd be ok for him to go out with "you're a n***"? How are they allowing him to get away with this? I thought Canada had laws against this kind of stuff.

    Posted by: Michael | Sep 17, 2012 9:25:53 PM

  9. Maybe he's coming out.

    Posted by: grench | Sep 17, 2012 9:28:02 PM

  10. I believe the Royal Academy of Spanish should go after him for misspelling "ERES". He has spelled it to reflect phonetically the aspirated "S" of his peasant Caribbean accent.

    Posted by: Bill | Sep 17, 2012 9:41:23 PM

  11. @micheal we have laws regarding promotion of hate(holocaust deniers, spreading propaganda/falsehoods that incite hate against a group), this is covered under free speech he is just being insulting and also is just plain stupid...there no laws regarding being dumb or insulting, however much we want it.

    Posted by: epic | Sep 17, 2012 9:56:35 PM

  12. Not only a homophobe, also illiterate. "Eres," not ere. Get it right, moron.

    Posted by: Mercutio | Sep 17, 2012 10:09:32 PM

  13. What if someone wrote it on his face thinking they were being "funny". It is calling the player the slur; I would think that if Escobar he would have spelled it correctly.

    Posted by: Lane | Sep 17, 2012 10:20:31 PM

  14. Given how fast MLB began their investigation into the matter and the fact there is a video conference scheduled for tomorrow morning with Escobar, the Blue Jays manager and GM, looks like Mr. Escobar and the Toronto organization aren't gonna get away with this.

    It's annoying seeing stupid teenage boys laughing at this and thinking it's funny but for the most part, people are perplexed and/or outraged. They're not going to be able to move past this.

    Posted by: Francis | Sep 17, 2012 10:46:36 PM

  15. I guess Miss Escobar put it on his face so that he can remind himself what he is when he looks in the mirror.

    Posted by: Pig | Sep 17, 2012 10:49:34 PM

  16. I think that the reason that he (?) wrote 'ere' instead of 'eres' is due to lack of space.

    From this straight male, I think that hate speech such as this has no place in civilized society . . . period !

    This man needs to be suspended immediately !

    Posted by: catfreak | Sep 17, 2012 11:01:51 PM

  17. Oh come on... she's just expressing herself a bit.

    Posted by: denisonnison | Sep 17, 2012 11:19:39 PM

  18. Or maybe he is coming out. He looks gay

    Posted by: Guest | Sep 17, 2012 11:28:06 PM

  19. I am just going to assume he is into sexual humiliation role play and still has this as part of his gear from his hookup. He probably spent the past couple of days in a sling in dungeon being degraded.

    I realize that it's not safe to assume, but this explanation is far more plausible than an adult actually thinking this was acceptable in a public forum where he represents his team.

    Posted by: John | Sep 17, 2012 11:30:34 PM

  20. Serious question: Why does someone with darker skin even use eye black? Wouldn't it be more distracting than useful?

    And he's a self-destructive/narcissistic idiot for doing this.

    Posted by: David R. | Sep 17, 2012 11:56:46 PM

  21. A Faggot is a Faggot, by any name. Because it needed translation (for some) doesn't make it less offensive.

    Basta ya con tu homophobia, putaso!

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Sep 18, 2012 12:09:21 AM

  22. Joe Stein, what the f*ck are you talking about? Troll.

    Posted by: MateoM | Sep 18, 2012 1:50:35 AM

  23. If the Jays are smart, they'll treat this as an "out-of-uniform" violation. That would get them around the question of whether this is protected speech.

    Posted by: Rich | Sep 18, 2012 1:54:14 AM

  24. @catfreak

    Your explanation doesn't scan:

    tu eres = 7 spaces
    maricon = 7 spaces

    But I presume if Escobar is busted, it will be for content, not grammar.

    Posted by: Rich | Sep 18, 2012 2:11:46 AM

  25. Suspended? He should be kicked off the team and banned from playing baseball. Asshat.

    Posted by: Jumper | Sep 18, 2012 2:27:11 AM

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