This is probably going to be the most bizarre sports news you'll see all day. Yunel Escobar, who plays shortstop for the Toronto Blue Jays, apparently wrote, "tu ere maricon" [sic], which translates to "you are a f**got" on his eye black during a recent. Yeah. So that happened. See that photo? (Sorry, it's a little blurry.) A collective WTF?? is definitely in order.
It makes absolutely no sense. Some have suggested that this was a prank by the clubhouse -- if that's the case, talk about a prank gone terribly wrong. However, that seemed to be a short-term rumor, since news has come out that Escobar has been suspended for three games without pay. Thank goodness! I actually wish the suspension were a bit longer.
His reasoning behind the whole mess? "It was not something I intended to be offensive," he said through a translator. "It was not anything intended to be directed at anyone in particular." Riiiiiiight ... just a nasty word used to insult an entire group of people. Not directed at anyone at all. That's your excuse, dude?
He went on to say that people mistook the meaning and that he doesn't have anything against homosexuals. He believed the term was "misinterpreted."
Yeah, whatever. There's no way you can misinterpret that word. I'm sure, unfortunately, the word is used in a derogatory way in locker rooms across America, but it's still no reason to sport it on your eye black where you work, with cameras on you, where little kids can see you (some of whom may, shockingly, even know Spanish). The MLB prohibits any offensive words being written on one's eye black, so Escobar's salary that he'll lose, which is reportedly around $82,000, will go to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation as well as You Can Play. So I guess it's good that something positive has come out of this whole debacle.
He'll also have to take some sensitivity courses and blah, blah, blah. Too bad he won't have to take any courses on fixing one's idiocy. Sounds like he needs that over anything else.
Here's more on his recent suspension:
Do you think a three-game suspension is too harsh for Yunel Escobar? Or too lenient?
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