MLB investigating Yunel Escobar for homophobic ‘you are a faggot’ eye black

MLB is investigating Yunel Escobar after it was revealed that the Blue Jays shortstop wore eye black with a homophobic message written on them during Saturday’s game.

Escobar, who was born in Cuba, had the words “Tu ere maricon” written on his eye black for Saturday’s game against the Red Sox.

“Tu ere maricon” is Spanish for “you are a faggot.” Maricon is a commonly used Spanish slur for a gay person, and it’s used very casually similar to the way “that’s gay” is used to by many in the U.S. to describe something stupid.

Even though “maricon” is used frequently, that doesn’t make it acceptable. The Blue Jays acknowledged that in a statement released on Monday.

“The Toronto Blue Jays do not support discrimination of any kind nor condone the message displayed by Yunel Escobar during Saturday’s game. The club takes this situation seriously and is investigating the matter.”

The commissioner’s office is also looking into the matter.

Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell was suspended two weeks after making homophobic statements and gestures at fans last year, so it’s quite possible Escobar could be lost for the rest of the season.

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Amare Stoudemire fined $50,000 by NBA for calling Twitter follower ‘fag’

Amare Stoudemire was fined $50,000 by the NBA for sending a vulgar private message to one of his Twitter followers that was later exposed on several websites.

Stoudemire told a follower that antagonized him on Saturday “F*** you, I don’t have to do any thing fag.” The direct message was intended to be private, but it was publicized by several blogs, including LBS.

Well after the offensive message went viral, Stoudemire sent an apology message to the fan, who publicized that as well to prove that his story wasn’t made up.

A day after saying they were investigating the incident, the league fined Stoudemire for his actions.

Their punishment is somewhat consistent with their past behavior. Joakim Noah was fined $50k for using a gay slur during a game, and Kobe Bryant was fined $100k for something similar.

We’re quite pleased that Stoudemire was fined for what he did. Not only is it wrong to use the language that he did, but hopefully he was taught a lesson about attacking his fans. It’s good that there is some retribution when athletes step out of line by belittling fans because it helps keep them in check.

We’re also not overlooking what a jerk the Twitter follower was — he’s not a victim here — but at least Stoudemire learned not to attack back in that manner.

A’s Prospect Ian Krol Suspended for Offensive Tweet Involving Gay Slur

Oakland A’s pitching prospect Ian Krol has been suspended indefinitely by the club for sending a graphic tweet that contained a gay slur. Krol, a left-handed pitcher from Illinois, wrote “ASU is a bunch of fake a** f***, get on one knee a **** **, I’m better than you’ll ever be…”

Most of the profanity has been edited out, but you get the point — the tweet was graphic and offensive.

Krol was suspended from his baseball team as a high school senior for an alcohol-related incident but he was still drafted in the seventh round by the A’s in 2009. About the only smart move he seems to have made recently is deleting his twitter account.

Krol, who has been on a rehab assignment with Oakland’s rookie ball team, enjoyed plenty of success last season. The southpaw went 10-4 with a 2.80 ERA, spending most of his time pitching for the Single-A Kane County Cougars of the Midwest League.

He now joins Gordon Beckham, Kobe Bryant, Joakim Noah, and DeSean Jackson as athletes who have come under fire recently for using gay slurs.

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Gordon Beckham Apologizes for Writing ‘Getz is Gay’ in Dirt (Picture)

White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham apologized Friday for writing a friendly insult towards ex-teammate Chris Getz. Beckham wrote the message out in the infield dirt during Monday’s game against the Royals, saying “Getz is gay.” Getz currently plays second base for the Royals after spending the ’08 and ’09 seasons with the White Sox.

“I just want you to know that that’s not me,’’ Beckham said Friday. “I don’t use slurs. I have a lot of gay friends. I didn’t mean it as anything ­— you know, like gay as in . . . happy! Or, you know, an alliteration — ‘Getz is gay.’ ’’

“It’s the first time I’ve ever done anything like that with Chris,’’ he said. “And I didn’t even see his reaction. I asked him afterward if he was going to write anything back, and he said no. It was wrong. It was stupid. If I offended anyone, I apologize. I wish I could take it back, but I can’t.’

Beckham was portrayed as someone genuinely regretful for his actions, recognizing it was childish and out of character. Even though he was just playing around with a friend, the point in this case is the same as it was with Kobe Bryant and Joakim Noah: calling someone “gay” is not an acceptable insult. It’s an offensive slur to gay people and it should not be taken lightly just because most of the population is heterosexual. Come up with another term to describe someone who is “weird” or “strange” or “lame.” It really is not that hard to vary your vocabulary.

Picture Credit: Sun-Times

Taj Gibson: Joakim Noah Received Verbal Abuse from Drunk Fan

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was fined $50,000 for cussing at a fan and directing a gay slur towards him (see the video here). It’s never acceptable to use the language Noah did, he knows that, and that’s why he apologized. But just because Noah’s getting criticized for the incident doesn’t mean he’s the only one who deserves blame in the situation. The fan also should take some responsibility for being out of line.

Forward Taj Gibson told CBS Sports’ Ken Berger that a drunk fan was verbally abusing Noah prior to the slur. “The guy just kept going. I know the crowd looked at the guy too, like, ‘Come on man, leave him alone. It’s over.’ But the guy just kept going. … It was the usual, but in that circumstances, it was heavy because he was really loud. And he was a big guy, too. He was intoxicated. When I saw him, I was surprised, because he just kept going and going. Normally a fan may say a couple of things and then sit down. But he just kept going and going, and it was Joakim the whole time.”

Having thick skin is part of playing professional sports, but to assume athletes are able to ignore fan taunts and heckling is foolish. We’ve seen Milton Bradley go after fans, and we even heard LeBron respond to one in Detroit. They hear it, and sometimes it’s tough not to react. I’m not excusing Noah, but the fan needs some blame too. Purchasing a ticket (even if it’s for thousands of dollars), does not entitle one to become a drunken jerk at a game. Fans should be held responsible for their actions too and getting hammered and cussing out players is unacceptable, especially with children around.

Additionally, the $50,000 fine is reasonable because it helps send the message that that sort of language is unacceptable. The problem is the NBA is only reactionary with this issue, not proactive. They only respond if the media applies pressure to them. If this video or the Kobe video doesn’t get shown on TV or on several websites, they wouldn’t do anything. Do they fine players for yelling f-bombs, or the n-word which is equally offensive? Of course not. They’re just reacting to public pressure and want to make sure people know they’re doing what’s politically correct. If they really cared about getting rid of the language, they’d fine players in low-profile situations, not just when Kobe or Noah say it during highly-watched games.

Joakim Noah Gay Slur Video – Says F*** You, F****t to Fan by Bulls Bench

Joakim Noah either didn’t learn from Kobe Bryant’s gay slur or he was so heated up he didn’t use discretion with his words during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. After getting whistled for his second foul early in the first quarter, Noah headed to the Bulls bench and appeared to yell a few cuss words to a fan. Here’s the video courtesy of Ben Golliver:

Kobe Bryant was fined by the NBA and flogged by the media and many fans for what he said. Former NBA player John Amaechi compared the slur to the use of the n-word. We’ve been here before and established that the use of the word “f****t” is unacceptable, even if it is said in the heat of the moment on the court. If the media makes a big enough deal of this, expect Noah to get fined like Kobe. It would be hard for him not to — this series has been one of the most-watched programs on cable TV.

UPDATE: Joakim Noah apologized after the game saying “I got caught up — a fan said something and I said something back, I apologize. I got caught up, I don’t mean disrespect to anybody, I just got caught up.”

Braves’ Roger McDowell Accused of Using Homophobic Slurs Toward Giants Fans

As pitching coach of the Atlanta Braves, Roger McDowell is in charge of keeping an eye on all of the guys who are responsible for hurling the baseball. What he probably should not be hurling is homophobic slurs at the opposing team’s fans. It’s possible he missed the memo, but that type of thing will usually get you into trouble. Need a recent example? Just ask Kobe Bryant.

According to the LA Times, via The Big Lead, McDowell has been accused of directing homophobic slurs toward a group of Giants fans at AT&T Park on Saturday and threatening another with a baseball bat.  More specfically, the fans say McDowell asked them if they were “a homo couple or a threesome?” and then used his two fingers and the small end of a bat to simulate a sexual act.  If you can’t see how that would work, draw yourself a picture — you’ll get it.

It gets better.  Through his attorney, Gloria Allred, Giants fan Justin Quinn told reporters he observed the above incident and told McDowell to knock it off because there were kids in the stands.  McDowell allegedly responded by telling Quinn, “Kids don’t (expletive) belong at the ball park.” Quinn says he then walked toward him holding a bat and asked him, “How much are your teeth worth?”

For those of you skeptics out there, McDowell and the Braves have since apologized for the alleged incident and are looking into it further, so something definitely went down.  If all this is true, McDowell was either having an extremely bad day or has some serious issues he needs to deal with.  There’s no excuse for a coach or player to be acting like that toward fans whether they were heckling or not.