Sport Kevin Pillar apologizes for slur as MLB probes

22:08  18 may  2017
22:08  18 may  2017 Source:   USA TODAY SPORTS

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Major League Baseball confirmed Thursday it is investigating the incident in which Kevin Pillar appeared to shout a homophobic slur after the Toronto Blue Jays outfielder struck out against Atlanta Braves pitcher Jason Motte on Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, Pillar issued an apology Thursday to both Motte and the LGBTQ community for his use of the slur.

"This is not who I am," Pillar, 28, said in a message posted to his Twitter account, "and I will use this as an opportunity to better myself."

The benches cleared twice during the game, the first sequence coming after Pillar was surprised by a quick pitch from Motte. He uttered the slur in response to the pitch.

“It was immature, it was stupid, it was uncalled for,” Pillar said after the Blue Jays’ 8-4 loss. “It’s part of the game, it’s just, I’m a competitive guy and heat of the moment. Obviously I’m going to do whatever I’ve got to do to reach out and apologize and let him know he didn’t do anything wrong, it was all me.”

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In 2014, MLB added an officer of inclusion, former major league outfielder Billy Bean, who was tasked with providing guidance and training to support those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and work with major and minor league clubs to encourage equal opportunity.

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Gabe Lacques of USA TODAY Sports reports that Major League Baseball is investigating Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar ‘s use of a homophobic slur directed at Braves reliever Jason Motte on Wednesday night. Pillar did apologize to Motte later.

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MLB's players' association declined comment on the Pillar situation. Pillar, one of the best defensive center fielders in the game, is having the best season of his four-year career, batting .305 with a .375 on-base percentage, six home runs and six steals.

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