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I'm SORRY

For Anti-Gay Message

9/18/2012 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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091812_escobar_launchToronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar has just apologized for displaying a homophobic message ON HIS FACE during a recent game ... telling his fans, "honestly, I’m sorry."

29-year-old Escobar was hit with a 3 game suspension for decorating his eye black patches with the Spanish word for f**got" -- which he wore during Saturday's game against Boston (below).

Yunel Escobar's eye black with a gay slur.Moments ago, Escobar addressed the media ... and explained, "I feel bad, I’m leaving my team for something I didn’t intend to do. I have nothing against the gay community and honestly I’m sorry."

He claimed, "It was just a joke and it wasn’t directed to anyone in particular."

Escobar says the phrase has a different meaning in Spanish ... but when asked to clarify what it meant to him or why he wrote it ... he couldn't come up with a real answer.

Escobar will forfeit his salary for the games he will miss -- with portions of the money reportedly going to GLAAD ... a powerful gay rights organization.

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caligirl    

I thought we were past this sort of thing. look at what we still have to overcome bit.ly/Rq6DnW

763 days ago
32.

Phishie from Philly    

Does he have an uncle named Pablo?
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Phishie from Philly

763 days ago
33.

kinla    

if this was a bad word against the Spanish community all hell would break loose tho! It would be like another trayvon martin case! but this fool just apologizes and its over?

763 days ago
34.

arale norimaki    

People who accuse others of being gay are often covering up their own latent homosexuality.

763 days ago
35.

PaulS    

"I didn't intend to do it." Really? You DID do it. Idiot.

763 days ago
36.

The Neko Nation    

We support Yunel Escobar !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


This message is paid for by the KEEP GERBILS SAFE FOUDATION

763 days ago
37.

The truthbetold    

I think that it's GREAT that they are holding this non educated fool responsible for saying something so nasty. The scary thing is that the people who agree with them on this story is probably racist and bigots as well.

763 days ago
38.

Barrack Romney    

**** GLAAD and their ***got members

763 days ago
39.

Dan    

GLAAD is only a "powerful gay rights organization" because people allow themselves to be intimidated or guilted into apologizing when they say or do something that GLAAD doesn't like. A homo can take it up the a$$ but they can't take words? Gomme a break. I use to not care either way about gay people but I have got so sick of these thin skinned whiny crybabies

763 days ago
40.

jj    

who cares?? Pinche maricones making a big deal over nothing.

763 days ago
41.

~♥~    

Gay is NOT excepted in the eyes of of our LORD! AMEN.!

763 days ago
42.

Dino     

Another Dumb Ass !

763 days ago
43.

oink    

Did he drop the soap in the shower ?

763 days ago
44.

hypOcrite    

Isn't this the same MLB with teams named the Indians and the Yankees?... i'm thinking the same people who got pissed off at this are the same people that i hear complaining about those tebagger rednecks.... after all, its ok for me to call you names, but don't call me any....but really... lighten up... its just words people... they only hurt you if you let them

763 days ago
45.

Gabe    

Sucks that in this country people can't say or do what they want; because somebody always gets offended.

763 days ago
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