MLB Investigating Homophobic Slur by Blue Jays Shortstop Yunel Escobar

Pictures posted online show Escobar with the message written in his eye-black

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012  |  Updated 1:21 PM EDT
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MLB Investigating Homophobic Slur

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This March 24, 2012 file photo, shows Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar warming up before a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, in Dunedin, Fla. Major League Baseball is checking reports that Escobar played Saturday's, Sept. 15, 2012 game against Boston wearing eye-black displaying a homophobic slur written in Spanish.

Major League Baseball is checking reports that Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar played Saturday's game against Boston wearing eye-black displaying a homophobic slur written in Spanish.

Pictures posted online show Escobar with the message written in his eye-black, a sticker players wear under their eyes to reduce glare from the sun. The slur did not appear to be directed at any person in particular.

MLB spokesman Pat Courtney confirmed the commissioner's office is looking into the reports.

"The club takes this situation seriously and is investigating the matter," the Blue Jays said in a statement Monday night, adding they "do not support discrimination of any kind nor condone the message displayed by Yunel Escobar during Saturday's game."

The team said Escobar will be available to the media Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium along with general manager Alex Anthopoulos, manager John Farrell and coach Luis Rivera.

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