Jon E. Garrett
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September 17, 2012

The new face of hate?

Yunel's eyeblack has a disappointing message.

MLB investigating anti-gay slur in eye black of Blue Jays shortstop Escobar

Appearances can be deceiving and assuming makes an ass out of you and me, but a picture is worth a thousand words.
I do not know what Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar intended when he sauntered into Rogers Centre Saturday during the Jays game against the Boston Red Sox wearing eye black sporting the phrase “Tu Ere Maricon,” which is easily readable as “You are a faggot,” even though the middle word should be eres.
What I do know is that it may cost the Cuban shortstop, who signed a two-year contract extension worth $10 million in 2011, significantly if Major League Baseball finds it was done with his knowledge and malice.
Things do not look great for the shortstop’s chances of avoiding a penalty of some sort now that the league is investigating after pictures popped on the Internet with Escobar sporting the offensive message. The eye-black stickers, worn under the eyes of players to reduce glare from the sun, can be fitted with personal or inspirational messages by marker and self applied.
Speculation has ranged everywhere from another player wrote the message as a prank to he lost a bet, but the truth is that if baseball players can be held responsible for every supplement they put in their body and face severe penalties even when they make simple mistakes, that a 29-year-old man should be responsible for what’s written on his face – or maybe, if it can’t trust its players to act like adults, the MLB should follow the lead of college football which banned eye black with messages in wedge blocks in 2011.

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