Toronto CF Kevin Pillar apologizes for using anti-gay slur

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Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar (11) celebrates his game winning home run against the Seattle Mariners during ninth inning American League baseball action in Toronto, Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Pillar was angry at Jason Motte for allegedly quick-pitching him to get a strikeout that ended the seventh inning in Atlanta's 8-4 victory Wednesday night. Pillar was not asked directly about the slur, because reporters on the scene were not yet aware of what had been caught on tape, so it's possible that Pillar did not know that the specific insult he used appeared obvious on video replay, and he was just apologizing for the outburst in general.

Kevin Pillar has been suspended for two games for shouting an anti-gay slur at an Atlanta Braves pitcher, an incident the Toronto Blue Jays centre-fielder says he deeply regrets but hopes will ultimately raise awareness about the hurtful impact words can have.

Atkins said the Jays have reached out to Billy Bean, a special assistant to Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, who is overseeing initiatives to deal with such issues. I'm nearly certain Pillar didn't mean to use the word literally, but that doesn't make it any better. In fact, one team said it wouldn't sign Bautista because fans didn't like him.

"I'm surprised he's ready to fight after previous year", O'Flaherty said with a disdainful chuckle.

When all parties agreed on the term, the Jays were given clearance to announce the suspension under the assurance there would be no further disciplinary action from Major League Baseball.

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The Braves are looking for help at first base after losing Freddie Freeman for about 10 weeks due to a broken left wrist. These players need to remember that they are role models, and frankly, it's not okay to model that kind of behaviour at any time, heat of the moment or not. "It's part of the game, it's just I'm a competitive guy and (it was) heat of the moment". "I don't think I've hit someone in about two years and I hit three people in one game, which is unacceptable", Bolsinger said.

"We will make sure it's thoughtful and something that can have a significant impact", Atkins said.

The team issued a statement saying it was "extremely disappointed" in Pillar's comments. In the eighth, the benches emptied again after Toronto's Jose Bautista flipped his bat after homering to left field.

"That's something that's making the game tough to watch lately", O'Flaherty said. "It's just exhausted. We've seen it from him enough".

While O'Flaherty was stirring things up even more postgame, Bautista tried to calm things down a little.

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