Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar suspended two games for directing homophobic slur at Braves pitcher – Washington Post

Kevin Pillar apologized twice for his words. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pilaar will miss the team’s next two games after MLB officials suspended him for directing a homophobic slur toward Atlanta Braves pitcher Jason Motte, TSN reported Thursday.

Earlier in the day Major League Baseball confirmed to USA Today that it was investigating the incident as a possible violation of its workplace code of conduct.

The slur came after Motte struck out Pillar to end the seventh inning, but Pillar apparently felt he had been quick-pitched, which caused both benches and bullpens to empty.

So are we just going to pretend that @KPILLAR4 didn’t initiate all this by yelling a gay slur? Better step up on this one, @MLB. pic.twitter.com/8bB3xijtCu

— Dr. B (@BlakeTheRxGuy) May 18, 2017

After the game, Pillar was apologetic and said he was merely frustrated at Toronto’s third straight loss to Atlanta.

“It was immature, it was stupid, it was uncalled for,” Pillar told the Toronto Sun. “It’s part of the game, it’s just I’m a competitive guy and (it was) heat of the moment.

“Obviously I’m going to do whatever I’ve got to do to reach out and apologize and let him know he didn’t do anything wrong. It was all me.”

On Thursday, Pillar again apologized while more or less admitting that he used some sort of homophobic slur.

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— Kevin Pillar (@KPILLAR4) May 18, 2017

The Blue Jays also issued a statement:

Statement from the Toronto Blue Jays. pic.twitter.com/ASZuzUM6RM

— Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 18, 2017

That wasn’t the only bit of drama, however, to happen during the Braves’ 8-4 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

Before that, Braves first baseman and

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