Pillar hit with ban for slur
ATLANTA — Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar was suspended two games Thursday for yelling an anti-gay slur at a Braves pitcher.
The Blue Jays suspended Pillar without pay shortly after he apologized in a statement, saying he was “completely and utterly embarrassed” by the word he directed at Jason Motte.
Pillar was angry at Motte for allegedly quickpitching him to get a strikeout that ended the seventh inning in Atlanta’s 8-4 victory Wednesday.
Replays appeared to show Pillar using the slur as he shouted toward the mound.
“I regret saying it,” Pillar told reporters a few hours before the Blue Jays beat the Braves 9-0 in Atlanta.