Major League Baseball announced that Toronto Blue Jays’ shortstop Yunel Escobar will be suspended for three games after he wrote a gay slur on his eye black.
During Saturday Sept. 15’s game against the Boston Red Sox, Escobar’s eye black had “Tu ere maricon” written across it. “Maricon” is a rough Spanish translation of the English word “faggot.” Even with Escobar’s spelling error in the middle, (the correct way would be Tu eres maricon), his message clearly makes an offensive remark.
A close up picture of Escobar’s offensive message was posted to Flickr by Twitter user @james_in_TO along with his thoughts on the matter.
The Toronto Blue Jays released a statement in which they said they “do not support discrimination of any kind nor condone the message displayed by Yunel Escobar during Saturday’s game. The club takes this situation seriously and is investigating the matter.”
During a press conference Tuesday in New York before the Blue Jays were to begin a series with the Yankees, Escobar addressed his comments by saying he was “sorry for the actions of the other day.”
“I'd like to ask for the forgiveness of fans. It was not something that was intended to be offensive. It's just something I put on my face as a joke. It was nothing intentionally offensive. I have nothing against homosexuals. I have friends who are gay” said Escobar.
According to Instinct Magazine, Escobar had this to say about his actions:
"This is not the first time I've had something written beneath my eyes. It's a comedy joke I do with my teammates, I write something under my eyes. This one was not directed at anyone in particular, it was just something I put on my face. I didn't think I'd be here with so many cameras. I didn't see it as something bad at the time as it was interpreted. I agree with the suspension. I don't have any problem with that. I feel bad. I'm embarrassed."
Escobar, who is Cuban born, will be going forward with the three game suspension and donating the pay earned from his three game suspension to the You Can Play Organization, as well as meeting with You Can Play President Patrick Burke upon returning to Toronto.