Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

Pillar issues apology after apparent slur, says he feels 'utterly embarrassed'

Rita Gibson | 19 May, 2017, 17:53

Pillar, who was angry and frustrated following a strikeout in the seventh inning, was caught by cameras uttering the slur towards Braves reliever Jason Motte.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said Major League Baseball was also considering disciplining Pillar.

"Last night, following my at-bat in the seventh inning, I used inappropriate language towards Braves pitcher Jason Motte", Pillar said in a statement. Pillar has deep regrets of using the word, as he did take full responsibility for using it and he further explained that the word has no place in sports or in the game of baseball.

"I really felt embarrassed for myself, for my family for this organization", Pillar said, adding that he had not slept much Wednesday night.

Major League Baseball is investigating the incident, and the team management announced Thursday afternoon that Pillar would not play against Atlanta Thursday and would also sit out the next game.

The apology comes after a torrent of complaints that followed his initial post-game comments, in which he described the incident as "part of the game" and something that happened in the "heat of the moment".

Jace Peterson said something to Bautista as he rounded first, and Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki was waiting for Bautista when he touched home.

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You could not hear what Pillar said during the initial broadcast.

The Blue Jays suspended shortstop Yunel Escobar for three games after he wrote a homophobic slur in Spanish on his eye black in 2012. This is a big blow for the Braves, as Freeman leads the team in all of home runs, runs scored and RBI's this season.

No punches were thrown, but O'Flaherty issued a harsh rebuke to Bautista after the game.

Braves pitcher Eric O'Flaherty didn't mince words about Bautista's latest actions. Atlanta got the last laugh, however, holding on for an 8-4 win. It's turned into look-at-me stuff.

It marks the second time the Blue Jays themselves moved to suspend a player for homophobic behavior. Bautista had caused one of the benches-clearing incidents the night before after he hit a home run in the eighth inning and flipped his bat.

The investigation is likely more a discussion about what to do in terms of a possible fine and/or suspension along with attachments such as sensitivity counseling, because it was pretty clear what Pillar said and he seemed to be admitting wrongdoing after the game. "It's just exhausted. We've seen it from him enough". "I've seen it from him enough".

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