"I'm completely and utterly embarrassed and feel awful to have put the fans, my teammates and the Blue Jays organization in this position". Pillar was not asked directly about the slur, because reporters on the scene were not yet aware of what had been caught on tape, so it's possible that Pillar did not know that the specific insult he used appeared obvious on video replay, and he was just apologizing for the outburst in general.
In deciding on the punishment, the Jays consulted with major league baseball and the MLBPA.
Pillar will miss Thursday's game against the Braves, as well as Friday's game at Baltimore.
The apology comes after a torrent of complaints that followed his initial post-game comments, in which he described the incident as "part of the game" and something that happened in the "heat of the moment".
The tension in Wednesday's game didn't end with Pillar's outburst, however. "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".
One has to believe that Pillar sincerely regrets what he did and said in the heat of the moment, but that should not excuse the fact that he is on a huge stage that has a tremendous amount of influence on the next generation of athletes. Campos allowed three hits - including a home run - one walk and two runs Monday in 2 1/3 innings in the 10-6 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar has apologized for using an anti-gay slur, which could lead to disciplinary action from Major League Baseball. "I'm going to use myself as an example of how there are words out there you can't use".
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The Braves have beaten the Jays three times in a row, the last game of this round-trip series will take place on Thursday night.
Freeman said he feared he suffered a fracture when first examined by trainer Jim Lovell on the field and Lovell "told me to squeeze his hand and obviously I couldn't do it".
Make no mistake about it, Kevin Pillar is a better-than-average defensive player.
The Blue Jays suspended shortstop Yunel Escobar for three games after he wrote a homophobic slur in Spanish on his eye black in 2012.
Moreover, Pillar had been the team's most impressive player. "It's just turned into look-at-me stuff, it's not even about winning anymore".
Braves first baseman Jace Peterson said something to Bautista as he rounded first, and catcher Kurt Suzuki was waiting for Bautista when he touched home.
However, O'Flaherty had some strong words for Bautista after the game. I'm exhausted of that.
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