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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. @Jumper: the punishment should always fit the crime and your suggestion is way out of line. Overkill to say the least.

    Posted by: Andrew | Sep 18, 2012 2:46:04 AM

  2. @Andrew. So if it said "you are a n*gger" instead, would it still be overkill to kick him off and ban him from playing ever again?

    Posted by: DeeperStill | Sep 18, 2012 3:06:38 AM

  3. Escobar: As Desi used to say to Lucy "you got some splanin to do"!

    Posted by: Andrew | Sep 18, 2012 4:11:07 AM

  4. Just because he's a MLB player does not mean he is smart. There has always been players who were anti-Semitic(Ty Cobb)and whole teams that were anti-black when Jackie Robinson broke the color-barrier. And of course a couple anti-gay players, John Rocker and Julian Taverez. And there was one OUT player,Glenn Burke who's career was cut short by MLB manager's Tommy Lasorta(who is in the Hall of Fame) and Billy Martin who introduced Burke to his teammates at Spring training... "oh, by the way, he's a faggot!" Most MLB team's have OUT Days at their ballparks... and Toronto has a large gay community. I am sure we will find out why Escobar decided to wear his stupidity on his eye make-up. At least there is an investigation going on, and I am curious as to the story behind the slur.

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Sep 18, 2012 5:21:45 AM

  5. Much ado about nothing. No one died. Not everyone is gay friendly.

    Posted by: Avenger | Sep 18, 2012 6:43:12 AM

  6. he's pretty enough to be gay. maybe this is self-disclosure.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Sep 18, 2012 6:49:37 AM

  7. If it were anti black or jew would it be considered a prank?

    Posted by: RobWest | Sep 18, 2012 8:09:11 AM

  8. A confident straight man with self-esteem would never need to do something like that, so draw your own conclusions.

    Posted by: Jack M | Sep 18, 2012 8:11:34 AM

  9. He should study grammar better, kinda funny that he knows how to spell maricon but doesn't know how to conjugate one of the most basic words in Spanish; it's obvious what he focuses on.

    Posted by: hornlongjohn | Sep 18, 2012 8:17:37 AM

  10. @HOMO GENIUS "Maricon" has many meanings. The most common is "faggot". It also can mean "@$$hole". It's got a variety of meanings. It is a very insulting term regardless.

    I'd hazard to guess that Yunel Escobar was goading someone, perhaps a player on the other team.

    Escobar needs some remedial grammar lessons, since he misspelled "eres".

    MLB also needs to investigate Escobar and how he got away with this.

    Anyway, if there is anyone who is a maricon, it's Escobar.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Sep 18, 2012 9:14:48 AM

  11. The thing that gets me is that if he did something like this in corporate America (or Canada), he probably would be fired on the spot. There is no free speech issue. He is representing the Blue Jays and MLB.
    He should be let go and banned from the game for the rest of the year. (Mind you that with the Blue Jays out of the playoffs, it wouldn't be that long a suspension.)

    Posted by: Brendan | Sep 18, 2012 9:28:56 AM

  12. @Brendan,

    100% correct. In the pathologically PC corporate world, this stunt would mean automatic termination. And anyone who did such a thing should lose their job. He of course is representing the Jays, and presumably they have a moral's clause in contracts. Free speech has nothing to do with it.


    Where oh where is that pretentious Lil' Canadian? Where is he hiding?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 18, 2012 11:34:45 AM

  13. toronto be blowing UP over this. it's literally the leading story on every news program right now.

    this is soooo not something you wanna do in toronto, of all cities.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 18, 2012 12:02:41 PM

  14. Keep your head up Escobar. I'm with you!

    Posted by: EJR43 | Sep 18, 2012 1:56:49 PM

  15. Fire him!!

    Posted by: tommyboy10 | Sep 18, 2012 3:37:11 PM

  16. 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 faggot 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.

    Do your research before you judge !!! He obviously has a poor command of English and made a poor judgement call himself. Look at the context.

    Gays... he did not mean YOU !

    Posted by: Paula Gato | Sep 18, 2012 4:10:19 PM

  17. I wonder how long until NOM contacts him as part of their anti-defamation alliance thing

    Posted by: NOM Comments | Sep 18, 2012 4:48:39 PM

  18. If it were "you are a n*gger" on his face he would be banned from baseball forever - and deservedly so. **The exact same standard should apply here.**

    Hate = not OK.

    To anyone trying to excuse this, or deny its seriousness: Shame on you.

    Posted by: basic standards | Sep 18, 2012 5:49:42 PM

  19. Paula, your attempt to justify what he says is pathetic. This guy clearly knew what he says was offensive to gay people. You sound really silly.

    Posted by: Hornlongjohn | Sep 19, 2012 7:50:36 AM

  20. Paula, your attempt to justify what he says is pathetic. This guy clearly knew what he says was offensive to gay people. You sound really silly.

    Posted by: Hornlongjohn | Sep 19, 2012 7:50:38 AM

  21. Off with his head!

    Posted by: DavidTheLeo | Sep 19, 2012 6:25:16 PM

  22. ¡Back to the minor leagues!

    Posted by: ¡Soy maricón! | Sep 24, 2012 6:12:24 AM

  23. What does one expect from an idiot?

    Posted by: pj | Sep 29, 2012 7:12:56 PM

  24. Thanks instead of the additional information

    Posted by: sejongnk | Jan 17, 2013 4:33:53 AM

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