Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar will not play this week at Yankee Stadium, when his Blue Jays roll into New York City.
Escobar was suspended by MLB when he went out onto the field before a Blue Jays/Red Sox game with offensive comments written on his eye black-out. “I apologize to the Jays fans and baseball fans in general. It wasn’t anything personal, it was something I always do with the stickers on my eyes,” Escobar said through an interpreter at a news conference at Yankee Stadium. “Tu wasn’t anyone, when I meant ‘you’ I wasn’t referring to anyone specifically. It’s just a word,” said Escobar, adding he wrote the words 10 minutes before first pitch. Escobar’s message, “”TU ERE MARICON,” which can be translated as “You are a fa–ot.”
In addition to his 3-game suspension, Escobar will participate in an outreach initiative to help educate society about sensitivity and tolerance to others based on their sexual orientation. He will also attend a sensitivity training program in accordance with the Blue Jays and MLB.
His salary for the three games, somewhere in the neighborhood of $100,000 will also be donated to GLAAD.