Reports broke Thursday afternoon that Jays outfielder leader Kevin Pillar has been suspended two games for saying a homophobic slur towards Braves reliever Jason Motte in Wednesday's game. After striking out in the 7th inning, Pillar turned and yelled a slur towards Motte, resulting in the benches clearing for the first of two times in the evening.
As a result of the incident, Toronto has elected to suspend Pillar for two games. The speedy outfielder has always been revered for his defense, but his bat has come alive in a big way for the Jays this year. His 51 hits are good enough for third in the AL and his .305 average has been one of only a few bright spots on a sputtering Jays offense. After the dust had settled, Pillar issued an apology for his comments.
From the tone and way he apologized, it certainly seems that Pillar understands he made a mistake and feels horrible about it. He's never had run ins before with things like that, and it's obvious that Pillar let his emotions get the best of him in a heated moment.
That doesn't excuse him for the comment, but it's encouraging to see that he knows the mistake he made and feels terrible about it. It's also probably safe to assume that Pillar's comment came out of frustration, not out of hatred towards the LGBT community.