Escobar's $90,000 "Joke"

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Abby Zimet

Things Do Change Dept: The cautionary tale of Yunel Escobar of the Toronto Blue Jays, who during a recent game against the Boston Red Sox wrote “Tu Ere Maricon,” an anti-gay slur in Spanish, on his eye black, for which act of creativity he was suspended for three games, with his $90,000-plus salary donated to two gay advocacy groups. The team declared the taunt "an unacceptable message." Of course, the fact the guy makes that kind of money for a few hours of playing ball is another kind of unacceptable message, but that's another story. For now, words matter.

"The suspension is the result of his decision to display an unacceptable message " the Blue Jays said in a statement. "The Blue Jays want to reaffirm that discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated."

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