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Blue Jays issue statement regarding Yunel Escobar

Sep 17, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

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The Blue Jays released a statement this evening regarding shortstop Yunel Escobar, who was spotted with a homophobic slur on his eye black during Saturday’s game.

The Toronto Blue Jays do not support discrimination of any kind nor condone the message displayed by Yunel Escobar during Saturday’s game. The club takes this situation seriously and is investigating the matter.

Alex Anthopoulos, Sr. VP Baseball Operations and General Manager will be available to the media tomorrow afternoon at Yankee Stadium and we expect him to be joined by Yunel Escobar, Manager John Farrell and Coach Luis Rivera. Details and location for the media availability will be announced tomorrow.

Escobar was scratched from Sunday’s lineup with what was described as “flu-like symptoms.” However, it’s not clear whether the front office had any knowledge of Escobar’s actions until today.

According to Jerry Crasnick of, MLB is also investigating the matter. One of Escobar’s agents refused to comment on the situation when contacted by Crasnick earlier today.

  1. charlutes - Sep 17, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Craig is a modern day Mother Teresa.

  2. bjbeliever - Sep 17, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Yunel you are a liability on and off the field, best believe he’s coming cap in hand for that press conference…dragging the brass through that in new york – thats a paddling

    • adeedothatswho - Sep 18, 2012 at 2:55 AM

      Paddlin’ the school canoe….you better believe THAT’S a paddlin.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Sep 17, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    To contrast the point that has fallen on many deaf ears I kind of wanted to make a post using a slur for latinos.

    Unfortunately I don’t think many would pick up on the subtlety, and even if they would I would still feel uncomfortable posting it.

  4. dondada10 - Sep 17, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    I just hope Escobar owns his mistake and doesn’t come up with some lame excuse like his eye black was hacked.

    • deadeyedesign23 - Sep 18, 2012 at 12:25 AM

      Is that even a viable excuse. If someone came in and wrote “you’re a faggot” on one of my shirts, I wouldn’t go ahed and put it on.

      • adeedothatswho - Sep 18, 2012 at 2:59 AM

        How much do you wanna bet it says ‘Your a faggot’ hahaha

  5. theawesomersfranchise - Sep 17, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    He’s as good as gone from Toronto.

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    The Toronto Blue Jays also said today they do not support the idea of spending money to you know actually field a decent team. They do support the idea of making meaningless trades that involve lots of low ceiling ballplayers that do nothing to help either club just to make it appear to their fan base (all 7 of them) that they are trying to win. They also support the idea of firing the current manager after next season and bringing back Cito Gaston for 2014 to once again give their fan base (yep all 7 of them) the illusion that its still 1993 and they actually matter again…

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:39 PM

      You hatred for the Jays just baffles me. I would ask you to explain but I already read your original comment (one of your more coherent efforts, I might add) and thus have had enough of you for a few weeks.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Sep 18, 2012 at 2:56 AM

      Remember when this guy yammered about the declining attendance in Toronto….told everyone to look it up….

      Boy howdy did he look stupid

    • nbjays - Sep 18, 2012 at 8:46 AM

      The only redeeming feature about dirtyharry1971 is that both halves of his name can be used to accurately describe my dog’s ass… seems appropriate somehow.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Sep 18, 2012 at 9:53 AM

        sure like they even have dogs in canada, please go try that BS line somewhere else bud

      • bigmeechy74 - Sep 18, 2012 at 12:22 PM

        What does your dog’s ass have to do with 1971? Is it 40 years old?

  7. ericellers - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    That silly sailor!

  8. ericellers - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    That silly silly silly sailor!!

  9. pitolove124 - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Oh geez!! So silly…

  10. mydadyourmom - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    Haha Harry you are a prick but that’s pretty funny I gotta admit. Jays rule!

  11. TheNaturalMevs - Sep 18, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Maybe he was hanging out with with Roberto Alomar earlier in the day?

    /runs away

  12. bigtrav425 - Sep 18, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    and que the overly political correct jackass’s…who cares….he can have whatever opinion he wants to have.only a complete moron would think his views are the same as the Blue Jays,MLB,etc etc

    • cur68 - Sep 18, 2012 at 2:51 AM

      Hey! Its our newmanesque anti-semetic friend. Hi asshole! hey, Yunel’s entitled to his opinion of The Gays. But guess what? We’re entitled to our opinion of him. And MLB is entitled to THEIR opinion, too. And guess what else? MLB’s opinion is that homophobia is pretty shitty &, being his employer, they can make their opinion stick. Now, remember what I asked you to do on the Yom Kippur/White Sox post? The one where you managed to be a retro asshole from the dark ages? Yeah? You do? Good. Then why don’t you fuck off?

    • theawesomersfranchise - Sep 18, 2012 at 3:04 AM

      Spoken like a guy who never had a meaningful job in his life

      Lemme guess, it’s no big deal when you say stuff like Yunel when pulling those fries out of the fryer. Ronald isn’t caring because you’re a nobody and you don’t represent him in any real way.

  13. ghostofjimlindeman - Sep 18, 2012 at 5:01 AM

    I guess it’s freedom of speech up until someone say’s something YOU don’t like. Giving it this kind of attention only fans the flames. You can say what you want in this country, you just gotta be accountable for it. I don’t put much stock in what a weak hitting shortstops opinion’s are on gay rights.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Sep 18, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      You think you have freedom of speach while in the workplace without consequences?

      So many are completely clueless

    • Reflex - Sep 18, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      Freedom of speech only protects you from the government. Not your employer. Not the public.

  14. proudlycanadian - Sep 18, 2012 at 6:42 AM

    Ladies and gentlemen. Why don’t we just wait for the press conference?

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 18, 2012 at 7:51 AM

      By the way, Coach Rivera is there to translate. Escobar speaks some English, but is not confident enough in his English to handle speaking with the media.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Sep 18, 2012 at 9:58 AM

      Personally i think the jays had this guy do this on purpose so they could actually get some headlines after labor day for a change. But with that said i think the jays should use this time to annouce that they have a major deal in the works for after the WS were they are going to trade for a utility infielder and a 5th outfielder with Houston again. You know to make it seem as if they are really trying to compete next year? Blahahahahaha

  15. DiscountMescan - Sep 18, 2012 at 7:34 AM

    So the team took this the way it was clearly intended? About time a team didn’t make some BS excuse for one of these morons.

  16. seanb20124 - Sep 18, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    OMG this is horrible

    Ambassador Stevens

  17. manchestermiracle - Sep 18, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Another ignorant homophobic. No surprise. Except that homophobia is a misnomer. You aren’t afraid of anything, you’re just an asshole. He should be held down and violated with a bat. Then he’d really have something to be afraid of. Jackass.

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