NEW YORK (AP) — Toronto shortstop Yunel Escobar was suspended for three games by the Blue Jays for wearing eye-black displaying an anti-gay slur written in Spanish during a game last weekend against Boston.
Escobar apologized to his team and “to all those who have been offended” for what he said was meant to be “just a joke.”
“It was not something I intended to be offensive,” he said through a translator. “It was not anything intended to be directed at anyone in particular.”
Escobar insisted the word is often used within teams and by Latinos and “I didn’t see it as something bad at the time.”