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08:14 AM ET 09.20 | Yunel Escobar may yet find his way out of Toronto in the offseason, but it nearly happened much more quickly. Interviewed from New York on The Fan 590 radio in Toronto, [Alex Anthopoulos] said Escobar was "stupid, selfish, shameful [and] insensitive" to have written a homophobic slur on his eye-black and worn it during a Toronto Blue Jays game last Saturday. Upon learning of the incident, the Blue Jays' general manager said he considered suspending Escobar for up to a year or releasing him. Ultimately, the Toronto shortstop was suspended without pay for three games and ordered to undergo sensitivity training. He also apologized to his teammates in a clubhouse meeting and publicly during a news conference.

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September 20, 2012  08:37 AM ET

I wish that the team had more spine in this case and would have doled out a harsher punishment. Three games is barely lip service to a serious issue.

September 20, 2012  08:59 AM ET

We already covered this yesterday. NEXT!

September 20, 2012  09:32 AM ET

The team should have released him for being stupid. What did he think the reaction would be to the words he wrote on his eye black?

September 20, 2012  09:33 AM ET

That would have been a COMPLETE OVERREACTION!

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September 20, 2012  11:39 AM ET
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a complete over reaction is what's happening now....nobody even noticed what was on his eyeblack until 2 days later when a fan let everyone know...we need to chill out people...

But 'roids are OK?

September 20, 2012  11:44 AM ET

obamacare?? no he doesn't care about you except he cares about your money, which at the end he would get it FROM YOU OR THROUGH JAIL TIME!!!

September 20, 2012  11:46 AM ET

OBAMACARE?? AND WHO TOLD YOU THAT OBAMA CARE ABOUT YOU?? 6 MILLION PEOPLE ALREADY LACKING IN HEALTH INSURANCE, AND MOST OF THEM ARE TO BE FINED OR SPEND TIME IN FEDERAL PRISION!!!

September 20, 2012  11:46 AM ET
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But 'roids are OK?

AND ROIDS AREN'T OK!!!

September 20, 2012  11:53 AM ET
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AND ROIDS AREN'T OK!!!

We can all agree on that one alacran. Except maybe Roger, Barry, Rafael, Sammy, Mark and a few others....

September 20, 2012  12:17 PM ET

Oh no... now alacran is on a political trip. These threads may never see a sports-relevant post again.

September 20, 2012  03:43 PM ET

Suspension for a year, and ended up 3 games? Tells you how serious he considered the slur.

September 21, 2012  04:38 AM ET
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a complete over reaction is what's happening now....nobody even noticed what was on his eyeblack until 2 days later when a fan let everyone know...we need to chill out people...

Are you serious? I'm happy someone noticed it and spoke up. Professional sports have no room for discrimination - just ask Jackie Robinson. I cannot begin to fathom why someone would put incidiary remarks on their selves to begin with, but to think you could get away with it just smacks any and everyone in the face who is a minority in any way, shape, or form. The Jays should release him outright, and he can sit in the unemployment line next to Cabrera in the off-season.

 
September 21, 2012  09:34 AM ET

If he would have made a reference towards Jews, Blacks or any other group there would have been a bigger uproar. Because it was a gay slur people think it wasn't that big of deal. Gays are hated upon every day, and religious type don't denounce it because they believe the bible tells them so.

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