Toronto Blue Jays, Kevin Pillar is suspended for two games at Atlanta on May 18, 2017, as he yelled an anti-gay or homophobic slur at a Braves pitcher, Jason Motte.
The Toronto Blue Jays suspended Kevin immediately, although he apologized for uttering such words to Jason Motte during the victorious win of Atlanta 8-4. The suspension of Kevin Pillar was announced through a picture via Twitter on May 18, 2017.
Statement from the Toronto Blue Jays. pic.twitter.com/ASZuzUM6RM— Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 18, 2017
Jason Motte quick-pitched Kevin to receive a strikeout which ended in the seventh inning and the replay evidently shows Kevin yelling the slur. Acknowledging his mistake after having a sleepless night, Kevin accepted the wrongdoing and said,
“I regret saying it, I’m going to use myself as an example of how there are words out there you can’t use. It’s not a word I use ever.”
Moreover, Kevin added,
“It’s something that just came out.”
In the statement, Kevin lamented over the incident as well.
“I helped extend the use of a word that has no place in baseball, in sports or anywhere in society today. I’m completely and utterly embarrassed and feel horrible to have put the fans, my teammates and the Blue Jays organization in this position.”
Furthermore, Kevin conceded his frustration over his team’s struggle.
“It just stems from a little frustration in myself, just the way this series has been going, It was immature, stupid. It was uncalled-for. It’s part of the game. I’m a competitive guy.”
Kevin even apologized for his wrongdoing through Twitter on May 18, 2017.
Kevin mentioned calling Jason Motte to apologize and also offered apology to the L.G.B.T.Q community and said,
“I apologize to the Braves organization and their fans, and most importantly, to the L.G.B.T.Q. community for the lack of respect I displayed last night. This is not who I am and will use this as an opportunity to better myself.”
Kevin told reporters as,
“I will be an example of how words can offend a lot of people, I hope people see this as just an error in judgment.”
The General Manager of Toronto Blue Jays commented,
“A large group decided that was appropriate, there is no question that was in the heat of the moment, but that’s no excuse.”
Following the incident, Kevin will miss the game on May 18 against Braves and May 19 game at Baltimore and about $6066 of his $550,000 salary from a one-year contract, and the money will be donated to a charity. Moreover, he will pay an undisclosed fine.
The following stats shows the accomplishment of Kevin Pillar so far in his baseball career.
Caption: Career stat of Kevin Pillar.
Photo Credit: baseball-reference.com
Kevin Pillar is a married man since October 2014, and Kevin flaunts his beautiful wife, Amanda Gulyas over Instagram time and again. An example of that can be perceived from his Instagram post he shared back in November 2016.
Kevin mentions his wife Amanda Gulyas via Twitter as well. Through a tweet on the New Year 2017, he shared working towards being a better husband, player, and friend.
For the new year...thankful for my life, my wife, my family & bluejays.. next year be better husband&friend & better player.. work everyday!— Kevin Pillar (@KPILLAR4) January 1, 2017
We hope Kevin learns from his mistake and does not hurt fans and community in future!
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