Baseball investigating homophobic slur worn by ex-Brave

The stickers worn by Yunel Escobar contained a homophobic slur.

The stickers worn by Yunel Escobar contained a homophobic slur.

Major League Baseball is investigating former Braves shortstop Yunel Escobar after he wore a sticker containing a homophobic slur written in Spanish during a game.

Escobar, now with the Blue Jays, wore the sticker as eye black Saturday against the Red Sox. Players wear eye black to reduce glare but Escobar’s had words written on it.

The message was first noticed by a fan who took a photo of it from behind the Toronto dugout and posted it on photo-hosting site Flickr.

Click here if you want a translation of the slur. WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

The Blue Jays released a statement Monday night, saying: “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.”

The Jays will hold a news conference at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday and Escobar is expected to attend.

Escobar was traded by the Braves to the Blue Jays on July 14, 2010, along with pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes, for shortstop Alex Gonzalez, infielder Tyler Pastornicky and pitcher Tim Collins.

Escobar is hitting .251 with 9 homers and 49 RBIs this season.

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September 17th, 2012
10:57 pm

Pippa's hiney

September 17th, 2012
10:58 pm

Always was a nutcase.


September 17th, 2012
10:58 pm

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Class of '98

September 17th, 2012
11:51 pm

Roberto Alomar must have been in town visiting his old team.

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Norwegian Blue

September 18th, 2012
12:26 am

Ugh. This is so not a story. (And if you read all of the reader comments on the article that’s linked, it will really depress you about the state of our union. Average IQ’s (apparently) of 55 and personalities that are hyper-sensitized to these faux-social issues we’ve had imposed on us by the Today Show, the Nightly News, the New York Times, et al.) I guess it’s a credit to the AJC readers that this article has been ignored, so far.


September 18th, 2012
12:35 am

Must have been at Chick Fil A on the kiss in in Canada.


September 18th, 2012
12:52 am

Yunel is not afraid of homosexuals…he is disgusted by them, and rightfully so… it should be. They belong in prison as sexual deviants….or deported to Devil’s Island perhaps.


September 18th, 2012
1:17 am

^^^^^^^^ ^^ ^^^^^
Nutcase up there


September 18th, 2012
2:17 am

I am no Yunel fan, but is it possible that a team mate put this on his face without his knowledge, as a joke?


September 18th, 2012
3:24 am

Shame on you, Escobar. Bobby Cox wanted him gone. Maybe there is an explanation, but I have no idea what it could be. Other players need to condemn what he did.

Southern View

September 18th, 2012
5:58 am

Tell me why I have to accept homos ? Thankfully I don’t have any experience but,….do you folks know what homos do to each other ? Think about it. You want them teaching that to your kids ? So at what age do you want Barney and Elton to begin training your little tyke ? Is 10 ok ? At what age are you willing to let little Johnny go on his first date ?

The Truth

September 18th, 2012
6:27 am

Non-issue. Move on. The whole P.C. movement is absurd. We are a nation of thin skinned crybabies who are offended by just about anything. Waaaaah! Get over yourself!!!


September 18th, 2012
7:02 am

That’s the entire story? Boo-hoo.
The Truth(6:27) – AMEN!


September 18th, 2012
7:49 am

@ Southern View….just what do homos do to each other? Do you really know? I certainly didn’t want my children to view what my wife and I did while they were growing up either. When someone like this idiot baseball player gets paid to perform in a family setting, he needs to be respectfull to all people. And besides that, he too is a minority as are the gay people that he seems to HATE so badly. So I ask you sir, how does he like tpo be treated….or even called by others?

Stop, Look and Read

September 18th, 2012
8:04 am

He has a right to say whatever he wants, but his issue will be that MLB forbids such displays while in uniform.

Otherwise, he can say whatever he wants, just as we all can say what we want (within agreed guidelines) on here. Just because people are offended by his message doesn’t make him some villian. I do not agree with what he wore, but that’s his prerogative.

Dawgnlex is a complete tool

September 18th, 2012
8:42 am

Someone needs to call Al Sharpton.. this is raceism


September 18th, 2012
8:56 am

Oh, good grief! Tell him not to do that anymore and play ball.

Baseball Hair

September 18th, 2012
9:23 am

It is my understanding that calling someone “maricon” is closer to calling them a “sissy” or a “queen,” a girly man. I can’t speak to what message Yunel was trying to convey to his opponent, though, ecause he’s always been kind of an idiot.


September 18th, 2012
9:35 am

Hate the sin but love the sinner Yunel. True God SPECIFICALLY said homosexuality was an ABOMINATION UNTO Him. However that is between the individual and God and while we should not condone it nor make it LEGAL by ANY MEANS AS A NATION! We should love homosexuals and help them RESIST their HOMOSEXUAL TEMPTATIONS because what it all boils down to is a temptation, like stealing, drunkeness, pedophilia, rape, lieing, etc. We must RESIST as individuals and we all have failed at some time but we are to love those who have failed and are failing back to repentance and not kick them nor make fun of them or be nasty to them. We ALL have our issues and homosexuality IS an issue that is definitely WRONG, no matter how people who practice it try to justify it. Matter of fact God stated that beastiality and homosexuality are BOTH an abomination unto Him. I will take his word for it over any practicing homosexual or secular human who is ignorant or disregards their authority they ARE under, whether they submit or acknowledge or respect it or not…

Kris Jones

September 18th, 2012
9:42 am

Yunel Escobar needs an old fashioned homo beat down. Hold my purse!
I saw misterwax and Southern View working the bathroom stalls at the airport!

Boston Dawg

September 18th, 2012
9:45 am

I’m having a hard time understanding why the AJC is allowing commentary on this blog. Bigotry and religious righteousness abound.

Close comments please.


September 18th, 2012
9:55 am

@sportzfan. Being gay does not make a you a minority.

Class of '98

September 18th, 2012
10:04 am

Boston Dawg, is it safe to assume you wish to censor those with whom you disagree? Why are you so easily offended?

Fleischman in Chi Towns Bed

September 18th, 2012
10:05 am

who cares about them gays

I (heart) Kris Jones

September 18th, 2012
10:34 am

misterwax has a wide stance, so it’s all good.
And Southern View only asked that call boy to hold his bags. I swear nothing else happened!

Dirty Dawg

September 18th, 2012
10:35 am

You know, maybe Yunell was ‘punked’ by a teammate that wrote it and put em on his face…and when Yunell looked in the mirror all he saw was ‘nociraM erE’…or something like that.

Gay Blade

September 18th, 2012
10:39 am

This is a non-story.
Who cares?

Obama Supporter

September 18th, 2012
10:41 am

The stimulus is working.
Unemployment is down and housing starts are up!

He turns water into wine and is making America fine!


September 18th, 2012
10:41 am

What a bunch of bigoted, ignorant, bass-ackward crackers commenting about this fool! Of course, those who condemn the loudest are those who may be gay themselves and have a whole lotta self-loathing!


September 18th, 2012
10:47 am

Southern view should be renamed narrow view. You’re trying to equate homosexuality to pedophilia, which shows how uneducated you are. Even Pope Benedict XVI knows there is a huge difference. And guess what? Studies have found that there is no empirical evidence that sexual orientation is connected to child sexual abuse but rather a disordered fixation. Perhaps it’s just projection on your part, who knows.

Having said that, Braves look better and better when they let him go. Escobar seems to have some maturity and anger issues and I’ll take Andrelton Simmons any day.


September 18th, 2012
10:48 am

I can still say I haven’t missed Yunel’s childish antics one bit.

Forrest Gump

September 18th, 2012
11:19 am

Stupid is as stupid does.

Just Asking?

September 18th, 2012
11:23 am

What makes it a homophobic slur and not just a slur? Where is the fear?

Rick James

September 18th, 2012
11:28 am

His stupdity is why he was traded by the Braves not a lack of talent.My understanding is that Bobby Cox just got fed up with him.


September 18th, 2012
11:33 am

“WARNING: Graphic Content”

That’s a joke. Right?

Lucky P

September 18th, 2012
11:52 am

My least favorite Brave or ex-Brave of all time.


September 18th, 2012
11:53 am

It simply means “Don’t be weak, or like a girl”. This is a non-story.
Nothing for the Homo’s to be riled up about.


September 18th, 2012
12:06 pm

Geez, so politically correct that a newspaper can’t include the translation in the article they’re writing about and tells readers to find it elsewhere?….stupid journalism by AJC….Oh, and thanks for the “graphic warning”….what a joke. Kinda like writing a quote that includes, but is only reported as the “N word”. Quote it and report it like its said. Thems are the facts of journalism 101.


September 18th, 2012
12:06 pm

Dem Chick Fil A cows are gonna have that eye black on for their next commercial.

thanks for referring me to another article to understand the one you wrote, Mr. P.C.

September 18th, 2012
12:14 pm

Besides the stupidity of the writers lack of informing readers the english translation of the basis of such article. I am curious as to why the bozo Escobar even wrote that on his face to begin with.
Was he flipping a middle finger to fans with the idea of he can say anything as long as they can’t translate spanish?

How gay is that?

September 18th, 2012
12:21 pm

Is the writer homophobic? Is he gonna get attacked by a mob of gay people if he translates the content of which he is writing?
And Escobar is an idiot.

They can dish it but can't take it

September 18th, 2012
12:23 pm

I’m offended by people that get offended!


September 18th, 2012
12:40 pm

If you self righteous dip wads on both sides of the issue would quit commenting on this silly garbage non story it would go away in less than 48 hours.


September 18th, 2012
12:58 pm

When such hate and ignorance amongst the bloggers on, it’s no wonder Georgia is lagging behind the nation in most every category that measures a vibrant society, such as education wealth, health and a strong economy. It amazes me how Christians love to make up quotes from the Bible or pick and choose verses to oppress others that do not believe in their religious fantasies. They conveniently leave out all those verses in Deuteronomy and Leviticus that they do not live by and would surely result in their being put to death should we obey the Bible.


September 18th, 2012
1:03 pm

If you really want to read something of relevance, click on the article then click on the link about gay couples adopting children. Now that is a real issue there.


September 18th, 2012
1:15 pm

he has a right to say whatever he wants to say! And most really agree with him. I don’t want to be around folks playing in someone’s #2’s.

Edumacated brotha

September 18th, 2012
1:32 pm

Obama needs to buy me a house! I tired of working.