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Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar apologizes for using anti-gay slur

Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar apologizes for using anti-gay slur

I love Kevin Pillar, but hate speech has no place in baseball and he should be suspended for what he did last night.

SEOUL, South Korea - A South Korean court Thursday upheld a suspended prison sentence for Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang over a drunken driving conviction, a ruling that may complicate his plans to rejoin the National League baseball team this season.

By the time the sun rose on Thursday, the Jays were aware they were in the midst of a full-blown controversy.

The benches clear in Atlanta after Kevin Pillar takes exception to Jason Motte's quick pitch in the top of the 7th inning! The award recognizes one player each year for their charitable contributions and extraordinary character both on and off the field. After what he described as a sleepless night, Pillar acknowledged his wrongdoing.

"He's torn up about it".

"A large group decided that was appropriate", Atkins said. But right after that Maile home run, Marcus Stroman crushed a solo home run to make it 8-0.

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"Shock, saddened and very disappointed", he said.

In deciding on the punishment, the Jays consulted with major league baseball and the MLBPA.

Following the game, Pillar dismissed his actions as being "part of the game".

The Blue Jays issued a statement on Thursday.

"There is no question that was in the heat of the moment", he added, "but that's no excuse". I'm very glad that Kevin has made a decision to be accountable as well.

Acknowledging that games have gotten even slower this season, Commissioner Rob Manfred said Major League Baseball will meet with players in an attempt to find a solution. The team said he has a possible left shoulder subluxation.

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They were a combined 0 for 10 from the field in the first half, with their only points coming on a pair of Thomas free throws. If the Cavs 3-point shot is falling, the Celtics could be in serious trouble.

"We will make sure it's thoughtful and something that can have a significant impact", Atkins said. He eventually underwent sensitivity training and donated his three-game salary to a project called "You Can Play".

In a note posted on Twitter, Pillar admitted using "inappropriate language".

"But I understand that I stand here with an opportunity to turn this into something that is going to be very positive", he told reporters. "Hopefully this one or two seconds of bad judgment doesn't define me".

Hunking also hopes the centrefielder will reach out to LGBTQ communities - "I hope he realizes that he has a gay following" - and work to fix his relationship with all fans. Talking with his wife shortly after only heightened the feeling. I have since apologized personally to 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. I don't think he did it with intent, but he did it. And after dropping the first three games of the series, this was a much needed bounce back performance for the Jays.

Aside from the most recent developments, Pillar has been having an excellent start to 2017. Smith entered the game in left field in the third when Ceciliani left and had a walk in three plate appearances.

"Kevin's a caring guy".

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