May 18, 2017 10:14 am
Updated: May 18, 2017 6:36 pm

Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar suspended 2 games for yelling homophobic slur

WATCH ABOVE: Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar yells a homophobic slur at an Atlanta Braves pitcher during Wednesday's game.


ATLANTA – The Toronto Blue Jays are handing centre-fielder Kevin Pillar a two-game suspension for directing an anti-gay slur at an Atlanta Braves pitcher.

General manager Ross Atkins confirmed the ban during a media availability before Thursday night’s game at SunTrust Park.

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Pillar was angry at Jason Motte for allegedly quick-pitching him to get a strikeout that ended the seventh inning in Atlanta’s 8-4 victory Wednesday night.

Replays appeared to show Pillar using the slur as he yelled toward the mound.

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Pillar told reporters in Atlanta there is “no place for this language” anywhere, including on the baseball field.

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He added that he regrets saying it wholeheartedly.

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