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MLB Investigating Gay Slur on Eye-Black Worn by Blue Jays INF Yunel Escobar

Not surprisingly, the Toronto Blue Jays' Yunel Escobar is drawing interest from Major League Baseball for all the wrong reasons after he sported what is widely interpreted as a derogatory slur on his eye-black. 

 

UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 3:31 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Escobar has received a three-game suspension from the Blue Jays for the needless hate speak displayed under his eyes. ESPN's Dan Shumel passed along the news. 

The Blue Jays are well out of the playoff race, so this suspension, which is less than two percent of the season, is only really going to hurt Escobar. Let's hope he got the message about his messages. 


UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 17 at 9:31 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

The Blue Jays are well aware of the offensive eye-black message displayed by Escobar, and have issued a statement. Crasnick tweeted it along. 

They aren't going to leave this with a statement either. As Crasnick also reports, they are getting ready to address it.

"Addressing it" can take many forms. Stay tuned to see which form the Blue Jays and MLB choose to evoke for this case. 

---End of update---

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick passed along the news of the investigation. 

Blue Jays fan James G offers a clear look at Escobar's eye-black with this tweet. 

The word "maricon" is slang, so any translations are going to be loosely assigned, but it is widely used in a derogatory fashion in the Spanish-speaking world. So it would loosely translate to "you are a [derogatory homophobic term]."

While Escobar could certainly argue that the term is not associated with such derogatory use where he comes from, it would be extremely naive to think that he did not know the negative connotations it carries.

The 29-year-old native of Cuba was courting controversy and punishment when he decided to sport this saying on his person. 

It will be interesting to see how the league and commissioner handles this investigation, but in today's landscape of political correctness, it is hard to envision a scenario where Escobar does not receive some sort of punishment for this shocking lack of judgement. 

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