Well, this blowed up real good, didn’t it? Which isn’t to say that I would have expected otherwise, given the nature of what was written on Yunel Escobar’s eye black on Saturday. It’s a situation that demands comment, context, and, hopefully once the parties involved have spoken on the matter, contrition, followed a deep breath and a return to something resembling normalcy– and maybe some kind of suspension while we’re at it, depending on what exactly it is that we hear.
I don’t know. The Jays, at least, are taking steps in the right direction, having released the following statement regarding the incident:
The Toronto Blue Jays do not support discrimination of any kind nor condone the message displayed by Yunel Escobar during Saturday’s game. The club takes this situation seriously and is investigating the matter.
Alex Anthopoulos, Sr. VP Baseball Operations and General Manager will be available to the media tomorrow afternoon at Yankee Stadium and we expect him to be joined by Yunel Escobar, Manager John Farrell and Coach Luis Rivera. Details and location for the media availability will be announced tomorrow.
If you’ve somehow missed the gist of what I’m talking about, check the original post from below.
We’ll see how that goes, I guess. It’s just… it’s somewhat difficult to gauge just how seriously something like this will be taken, in a sports culture where Kobe Bryant was only fined $100,000 for a similar slur– albeit in English, with no question of context or linguistic difference, but also in the heat of a game, not deliberately written on his face with plenty of opportunity to think better of it– and in a sport itself where we can see vast, odd disparities in punishment: slaps on the wrist for DUIs, 50 games for banned supplements in the minors that would only warrant a warning in the Majors, for example.
Yeah… I don’t know. The whole thing is just damn disappointing, huh?
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