Toronto Blue Jays Player Who Was Suspended for Gay Slur Donates Salary to LGBT Groups

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(EDGE) The Toronto Blue Jays player who was suspended last month for using gay slurs at a rival star is donating his fortified salary to two LGBT organizations in Toronto, ESPN reports.

Outfielder Kevin Pillar was suspended for two games last month after he was heard hurling the word "faggot" at Atlanta Braves reliever Jason Motte during an on-field incident on May 17.

Pillar apologized for using the slur the following day, acknowledging the use of a word "that has no place in baseball, in sports or anywhere in society today." The athlete added he has personally apologized to Motte, and he plans to apologize to the Braves, their fans and, "most importantly, to the LGBTQ community for the lack of respect I displayed."

ESPN reports Pillar has been working with the MLB to determine how to donate his garnished earnings.

"It's not lip service," Pillar told Sportsnet.ca. "It's easy to come out and make your apologies and hope people forget, but I meant what I said when I said hopefully I'll be made an example of."

Pillar is donating his salary to PFLAG and You Can Play, an LGBT organization that aims to make sports a safe and open place for athletes.

"When you're able to grow and learn off the field just as you do on the field, it can make you a much better citizen," Major League Baseball vice president Billy Bean told USA Today. "I'm hopeful that Kevin will feel like he understands better after everything, and have in the back of his mind how much words matter moving forward as he plays in front of millions of people. It can help him become a role model."

 

 


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