For those of you who don’t speak Spanish, “Tu Ere Maricon” translates to “You are a faggot.” Toronto Blue Jays player Yunel Escobar made a grave error in judgement by writing this anti-gay slur on his face during a game this weekend. Escobar defended his homophobic face painting at a press conference saying: “I don’t have anything against homosexuals. I have friends that are gay … It’s just something that’s been said amongst the Latinos. It’s not something that’s meant to be offensive.”
But the Blue Jays and the Major League Baseball association found it quite offensive. “The Blue Jays want to reaffirm that discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated. The club looks forward to supporting the efforts of You Can Play and GLAAD to help promote education for players and fans alike and to help keep language like this out of the game and society,” said the team’s management in an official statement.
Escobar has been suspended for three games and ordered him donate his lost salary to the anti-defamation group GLAAD and the You Can Play Project, an organization dedicated to fighting homophobic attitudes in the sports world.
I’m satisfied that Escobar was disciplined, but I think the punishment could definitely have been harsher. A three game suspension is basically a slap on the wrist. And the “I have gay friends” excuse just pisses me off. I can’t wrap my head around how it would not occur to him that people might be offended by this. Come on, dude! I’m going to be shaking my head for the rest of the day. [Towlerod]