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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Yunel Escobar has been suspended for three games, the Toronto Blue Jays have announced.

Controversy erupted after a photo of Escobar circulated on the Internet showing him playing a Saturday game with the Spanish words "TU ERE MARICON" — Spanish for "You're a faggot" — written in his eye black.

"I don't have anything against homosexuals. I have friends who are gay," a translator interpreted Escobar as saying during a press conference Tuesday.

"I didn't mean for this to be misinterpreted by the gay community. I apologize."

Escobar's salary for the three games will be donated to You Can Play, an organization dedicated to ending homophobia in sports.

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