Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar has been suspended for two games for calling Atlanta Braves pitcher Jason Motte a homophobic slur, ESPN reports.
On Wednesday night, Pillar shouted the slur after Motte quick-pitched him to get a strikeout at the end of the seventh inning.
Following the game, Pillar dismissed his actions as being “part of the game.”
“It just stems from a little frustration in myself, just the way this series has been going,” Pillar told reporters. “It was immature, stupid. It was uncalled-for. It’s part of the game. I’m a competitive guy.”
The MLB suspended him without pay from the Blue Jays game against the Braves on Thursday and against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday. His salary will be donated to charity.
Pillar tweeted a public apology for his behavior saying using the slur, “helped extend use of the word that has no place in baseball, in sports or anywhere in society today.”
“I’m completely and utterly embarrassed and feel horrible to have put the fans, my teammates and the Blue Jays organization in this position. I have apologized to Jason Motte, but also need to apologize to the Braves organization and their fans, and most importantly, to the LGBTQ community for the lack of respect I displayed last night. This is not who I am and will use this as an opportunity to better myself,” Pillar tweeted.
The Blue Jays also apologized for the incident and praised Pillar’s character.
“We know Kevin to be a respectful, high-character individual who we hope will learn from this situation and continue to positively contribute and live up to our values on and off the field,” the statement reads.
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— Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 18, 2017
This is the second Blue Jays player that has been suspended for using a homophobic slur in a game. In 2012, shortstop Yunel Escobar was placed on a three-game suspension for writing an anti-gay slur in Spanish on his eye black sticker.