By Laura ArmstrongStaff Reporter
ATLANTA—A moment of fiery competitiveness was no justification for the homophobic slur outfielder Kevin Pillar directed at an Atlanta Braves reliever on Wednesday night, an outburst worthy of a two-game suspension in the eyes of the Toronto Blue Jays.
“There’s no question that he was in the heat of the moment but that is no excuse whatsoever,” club general manager Ross Atkins said a day later as he announced Pillar’s suspension, effective immediately, just hours after flying to Atlanta to specifically address the incident.
It occurred during the seventh inning of Toronto’s 8-4 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday.
Motte, the first pitcher to come out of the bullpen after starter Mike Foltynewicz’s six-inning outing, threw Pillar a quick pitch, striking him out and ending the inning with the Jays down by five runs. Television replays showed a frustrated Pillar apparently saying “faggot” to Motte...https://www.thestar.com/sports/bluejays/2017/05/18/jays-kevin-pillar-appears-to-yell-homophobic-slur-at-braves-pitcher.html