MLB Star Yunel Escobar — I’m SORRY for Eye Black Gay Slur

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar has been suspended for three games without pay for “his decision to display an unacceptable message while participating in a Major League game.”

The punishment was announced in a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. Escobar made headlines on Monday when a Toronto-area photographer pointed out that Escobar had played Saturday’s game with “tu ere maricon” (sic) written on his eye black strips. The message can translate to “you are a faggot,”  though one Spanish professor told the Toronto Star the term can be interpreted a few negative ways though not all of them come with a homophobic slant.

“I’m sorry for the actions of the other day,” Escobar said through a translator during a news conference at Yankee Stadium. “It was not something I intended to be offensive. It was something I just put on the sticker on my face as a joke. There was nothing intentional directed at anyone in particular.

“I don’t have anything against homosexuals. I have friends who are gay. In reality I’d like to ask for the apologies of all those who have been offended by this.”

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