Report: MLB investigating Kevin Pillar’s alleged homophobic slur
Major League Baseball is investigating an incident from Wednesday night during which Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar appeared to shout a homophobic slur at Atlanta Braves pitcher Jason Motte.
USA Today originally reported the investigation and a source has confirmed the same to ESPN’s Buster Olney.
The benches clear in Atlanta after Kevin Pillar takes exception to Jason Motte's quick pitch in the top of the 7th inning!!! pic.twitter.com/fcwxtUWuYL
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Pillar, who believes he was quick-pitched by Motte, apologized for the incident after the game but would not say exactly what he said.
“It was immature, it was stupid, it was uncalled for. It’s part of the game, it’s just, I’m a competitive guy and heat of the moment,” Pillar said, via Sportsnet. “Obviously I’m going to do whatever I’ve got to do to reach out and apologize and let him know he didn’t do anything wrong, it was all me.
“Obviously, something to learn from, something to move on from. Don’t let it define me but really just I think it was just frustration from coming off a really good homestand and really just not even being in any of these ballgames, just coming out flat – not being able to build on what we were about to build on in Seattle. That just all came out in the moment.”
The Pillar incident during the Blue Jays-Braves game, which led to the benches clearing, wasn’t the only source of drama. Later, in the eighth inning, benches cleared for a second time after Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista flipped his bat after staring down Braves pitcher Eric O’Flaherty.
The Braves cleared their bench last night after Jose Bautista's unnecessary bat flip. pic.twitter.com/umXFCnqKf3
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The Braves went on to win by a score of 8-4.