The outfielder allegedly hurled a homophobic slur at an opposing pitcher.
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar has apologized for the “inappropriate language” he used on Atlanta Braves pitcher Jason Motte, causing benches to clear.
Pillar allegedly hurled a homophobic slur at the pitcher.
The 28-year-old outfielder has apologized to Motte, the Braves and their fans and, most importantly, the LGBTQ community.
Here’s his full apology:
— Kevin Pillar (@KPILLAR4) May 18, 2017
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said the league is investigating.
“We were made aware of an allegation along the lines of what you’ve described, and we’re in the process of trying to gather the facts as a prelude to determine whether and what discipline is appropriate,” he said, per ESPN.
The Blue Jays also issued a statement.
“The Toronto Blue Jays are extremely disappointed by the comments made by Kevin Pillar following his at-bat during the 7th inning of last night’s game,” it said. “In no way is this kind of behavior accepted of tolerated, nor is it a reflection of the type of inclusive organization we strive to be. We would like to extend our own apologies to all fans, Major League Baseball and especially the LGBTQ community.
“We know Kevin to be a respectful, high-character individual who we hope will learn from this situation and continue to positively contribute and live up to our values on and off the field.”