Toronto Blue Jays Yunel Escobar suspended
FILE – This March 24, 2012 file photo, shows Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar warming up before a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, in Dunedin, Fla. Major League Baseball is checking reports that Escobar played Saturday’s, Sept. 15, 2012 game against Boston wearing eye-black displaying a homophobic slur written in Spanish. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Yunel Escobar was suspended for three games Tuesday by the Toronto Blue Jays for wearing eye-black displaying a homophobic slur written in Spanish during last Saturday’s game against the Boston Red Sox.

Pictures posted online showed the Blue Jays shortstop with the message written in his eye-black, a sticker players wear under their eyes to reduce glare from the sun. The slur did not appear to be directed at any person in particular.

The Blue Jays are in New York to play the Yankees later Tuesday. The punishment was announced during a news conference at Yankee Stadium.


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