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SBD/September 20, 2012/Franchises
Blue Jays President & CEO Paul Beeston Sounds Off On The Team's Disappointing Season
Published September 20, 2012
FACING THE CONSEQUENCES: The GLOBE & MAIL's Robert MacLeod noted Blue Jays SS Yunel Escobar was "suspended for three games" by the team after he "displayed on his eye black a homophobic slur written in his native Spanish" during last Saturday's game at Rogers Centre against the Red Sox. The phrase "Tu ere maricon" was written on Escobar's eye-black stickers. Escobar will "lose roughly $90,000 (U.S.) in salary," which will be "donated to organizations that deal with gay and lesbian causes." Escobar also will be "required to participate in sensitivity training programs" (GLOBE & MAIL, 9/19). In Toronto, Steve Buffery asked, "How dumb were the Jays not to notice the writing under Escobar's eyes before he went on the field?" This is a "multi-million dollar organization, owned by billion dollar corporation and no one notices a homophobic slur under their starting shortstop's eyes?" (TORONTO SUN, 9/19). The GLOBE & MAIL's Jeff Blair wrote of the incident, "The stupidity and arrogance of Escobar and his teammates have done more than torched currency with the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender community; it has given other peoples of diversity cause to second-guess, and that is deadly in this age of social media and high-tech marketing in a city as diverse as Toronto" (GLOBE & MAIL, 9/19).