Kevin Pillar MLB investigating homophobic slur by Toronto outfielder

Ruben Hill
May 28, 2017

Kevin Pillar apologized in a Twitter post Thursday for using "inappropriate language" during a heated on-field exchange with Jason Motte as possible discipline loomed from either the Toronto Blue Jays or Major League Baseball.

Pillar, who was angry and frustrated following a strikeout in the seventh inning, was caught by cameras uttering the slur towards Braves reliever Jason Motte.

It reads: "The Toronto Blue Jays are extremely disappointed by the comments made by Kevin Pillar following his at-bat during the 7th inning of last night's game".

A close-up of Pillar shows he appeared to use a gay slur.

Commissioner Rob Manfred says Major League Baseball is investigating.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Pillar would face disciplinary action from the team.

Blue Jays General Manager Ross Atkins flew to Atlanta to apologize on behalf of the organization and announce the suspension, according to the Associated Press.

Julio Teheran hit Jose Bautista in the thigh during the first inning of Thursday night's game. "It was immature, stupid". It was uncalled for. Guy wants to hit a home run in a five-run game, pimp it, throw the bat around - I mean, I don't know.

The Braves have beaten the Jays three times in a row, the last game of this round-trip series will take place on Thursday night.

No punches were thrown, but O'Flaherty issued a harsh rebuke to Bautista after the game.

Pillar used a homophobic slur toward Motte to express his frustration.

Whatever led to the outburst, the quick-tempered Pillar says he hopes to better control himself in the future.

"Something to learn from, something to move on from", Pillar said.

Pillar, 28, has been enjoying a strong season at the plate and in the field.

The Blue Jays also apologized for the incident and praised Pillar's character.

Internet sleuths everywhere were posting video of a closer shot - not made available for online publication - of what Pillar said that set off Motte and Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki. The two dugouts were warned since benches emptied after his long ball Wednesday.

Bautista admired the homer for perhaps a second too long and then flip tossed his bat in the manner that has cast him as an infamous villain around the baseball world.

"That's something making the game tough to watch", Braves pitcher Eric O'Flaherty said of Bautista's celebration. He looked at me, tried to make eye contact.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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