Perhaps if he played in New York City he would have known better. Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar has been suspended for wearing eye black, which is dark pigment applied under the eyes especially by athletes to reduce sun glare, that included an homophobic remark. The 29-year old native of Havana, Cuba, will be suspended for three games for the lapse in judgement he apparently didn’t think anyone would notice. In the United States, in 2012, with all of the media surrounding the sports world? Wake up Yunel! You may or may not be a homophobe, but you are certainly guilty of poor judgement, and you will now have three games to think about it. Below is a statement he made after the suspension was announced.
“I agree with the suspension. I don’t have any problem with that. I’m embarrassed. I’m sorry for my actions of the other day. I don’t have anything against homosexuals. I have friends who are gay.”
And Mitt Romney has friends who are black.
Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig also released a statement.
“I consistently say that baseball is a social institution with important social responsibilities and that I expect those who represent Major League Baseball to act with the kind of respect and sensitivity that the game’s diverse fan base deserves. Mr. Escobar has admitted that his actions were a mistake and I am hopeful he can use this unfortunate situation as an opportunity to educate himself and others that intolerance has no place in our game or society.”
The salary that Escobar will lose will go to good causes, with Blue Jays to You Can Play and Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) receiving the funds.