Toronto Blue Jays’ Yunel Escobar, right, appears alongside manager John Farrell, left, and coach Luis Rivera, center, at a news conference before a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday. Escobar addressed his decision to play with eye-black displaying a homophobic slur in Spanish in a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, Sept. 15. Escobar will serve a three-game suspension.
NEW YORK — Yunel Escobar was suspended for three games Tuesday by the Toronto Blue Jays for wearing eye-black displaying a homophobic slur written in Spanish during last Saturday’s game against the Boston Red Sox.
Pictures posted online showed the Blue Jays shortstop with the message written in his eye-black, a sticker players wear under their eyes to reduce glare from the sun.
The slur did not appear to be directed at any person in particular.
The Blue Jays are in New York to play the Yankees. Their game on Tuesday was postponed by inclement weather and will be played as a doubleheader starting at 1:05 p.m.
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