Major League Baseball opens probe of Blue Jays gay slur

Kevin Pillar is ashamed, embarrassed and now suspended.

Toronto outfielder Kevin Pillar apologized Thursday for using a gay slur during Wednesday's game at Atlanta.

By the time the sun rose on Thursday, the Jays were aware they were in the midst of a full-blown controversy.

Pillar, one of MLB's best defensive center fielders, shouted at Atlanta's Jason Motte after striking out to end the seventh inning on what he felt was a quick pitch.

Josh Donaldson is not playing for the Blue Jays, but he is getting a nice dose of entertainment from his team.

The incident occurred during the Blue Jays' third straight loss to the Braves.

Major League Baseball punished a player for using a homophobic slur in 2012.

"He's torn up about it".

"The organization is taking the situation seriously and [general manager] Ross [Atkins] will be coming to Atlanta today", Blue Jays spokesman Jay Stenhouse said in an email.

"He was disappointed but immediately accountable and very mature".

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An MLB official said there will be no additional suspension by the league.

Pillar called the incident "something to learn from, something to move on from".

Afterwards, Bautista cited the heat of the moment line as well, though seemed contrite. "We will be accountable".

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.

"We wanted to make sure we were as proactive as possible to get in front of it", Atkins said.

The Blue Jays also released a statement apologizing to its fan base and the LGBT community that said, "In no way is this kind of behavior accepted or tolerated, nor is it a reflection of the type of inclusive organization we strive to be". I'm just exhausted of it. "Hopefully this one or two seconds of bad judgment doesn't define me".

"I regret saying it", Pillar told reporters at SunTrust Park a few hours before the finale of a four-game series against the Braves. Talking with his wife shortly after only heightened the feeling. Pillar went on to say that he has personally apologized to Motte, and that he plans to apologize to the Braves, their fans and, "most importantly, to the LGBTQ community for the lack of respect I displayed". "I don't think that's possible".

Mark Hendrickson hit the only other homer by a Blue Jays pitcher, connecting in 2003 at Montreal against the Expos.

Moreover, Pillar had been the team's most impressive player. So, Bautista predictably took a 96 miles per hour fastball to the leg from Julio Teheran on his first at-bat because baseball's unwritten rules call for this sort of behavior.

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