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.
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.