Marcus Stroman, Blue Jays ace, homers against Atlanta Braves

'[I] helped extend the use of a word that has no place in baseball, in sports or anywhere in society today.

In the following inning, they emptied again after Jays slugger Jose Bautista flipped his bat following a home run and then had words with Atlanta catcher Kurt Suzuki when he reached home plate.

The more contrite apology followed remarks he had made in the locker room following the slur in which he had called it "part of the game".

"Last night, following my at-bat in the seventh inning, I used inappropriate language towards Braves pitcher Jason Motte", Pillar said in a statement.

The suspension comes after an investigation by Major League Baseball into the incident during Toronto's tension-filled 8-4 loss at Atlanta.

"I understand why [the Braves] would be upset in that situation, and I just told them how I felt", he said, according to the Toronto Sun.

After the game, Pillar expressed regret for his actions.

Pillar has issued a second, more crafted apology that expressed regret for demeaning the LGBTQ community, and Major League Baseball and the Blue Jays issued similar releases, but are they honest, or are those just empty words?

The Blue Jays won Thursday's game 9-0 to avoid a sweep in the series. "I'm going to use myself as an example of how there are words out there you can't use".

In 2012, the Blue Jays gave shortstop Yunel Escobar a three-game suspension after he played a game with an anti-gay slur written in Spanish on his eye-black stickers.

The Blue Jays also released a statement apologizing to its fan base and the LGBT community that said, "In no way is this kind of behavior accepted or tolerated, nor is it a reflection of the type of inclusive organization we strive to be". In what has been a heated four-game series that has seen injuries, bench-clearing brawls, and homophobic slurs, everyone was curious to see what these two teams would get into in their final meeting of the season. "I've seen it from him enough".

  • Julie Sanders