Major League Baseball has launched an investigation into Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar’s possible use of a homophobic slur directed toward Atlanta Braves reliever Jason Motte.
Pillar allegedly called Motte a “faggot” on Wednesday night during the seventh inning of Toronto’s 8-4 loss to Atlanta.
The Star reports:
A spokesperson for MLB confirmed via email on Thursday morning that it was looking into the allegations.
The benches clear in Atlanta after Kevin Pillar takes exception to Jason Motte's quick pitch in the top of the 7th inning!!! pic.twitter.com/fcwxtUWuYL
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“It was immature, it was stupid, it was uncalled for. It’s part of the game; I’m a competitive guy and heat of the moment,” said Pillar. “Obviously I’m going to do whatever I’ve got to do to reach out and apologize and let (Motte) know he didn’t do anything wrong, it was all me.”
He called the incident “something to learn from, something to move on from.”
“Don’t let it define me but really I think it was just frustration from coming off a really good homestand and really just not even being in any of these ball games, just coming out flat and not being able to build on what we were able to build on (against) Seattle,” he said. “That just all came out in that moment.”