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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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61.

Johnbrnc    

What happened? Did he get hit on?

577 days ago
62.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

What if you showed up to a work meeting in a shirt that said "you're a ***got," think your boss and clients would be amused?

577 days ago
63.

KNUCKLEDRAGGER    

I bet he's gay

577 days ago
64.

Thomas Jefferson    

He's paid to play baseball.

577 days ago
65.

eivissa    

USA = * THE NEW USSR *

577 days ago
66.

tony gee    

This is all wrong. He asked someone to write the word "Soy Maricon" but instead they wrote "Tu Ere Maricon."

Don't blame the guy. All he wanted to do is to out himself. Que se joda.

577 days ago
67.

Jackie    

LOL. so what's the most appropriate word for homosexuals? Women we get called slur names all the time should we demand public apology all the time and even sue whoever use them? Hypocrite double standards.

577 days ago
68.

myopinion    

He is cute!

577 days ago
69.

TheVolleyballGod    

It is sad this man caved in to pressure and apologized to the queers. When a man wants to get on his knees and have another man shove his salami in his mouth and then his bun hole than that is an abomination and a sin of ***********

577 days ago
70.

ANS84    

This guy's always been a douche. He's a showboat and did the slow home run trot in his rookie days when he was with the Braves. I'm sure the only thing he's really sorry for is that he got caught, is in trouble and has to do extra work he doesn't want to do to make it right by the Blue Jays and MLB.

577 days ago
71.

Mark    

Why the hell does GLAAD get a big fat check whenever someone uses a gay slur? Do we have a "***got tax" in this country?
Sounds like the early church. People are buying forgiveness now?

These special interest groups need to screw off and quit acting like they run things.

577 days ago
72.

Proud2bBlack    

Ok here we go. Gays & Lesbians are only known as such due to their sexual preferences, right? They get laws to favor their right (sexual preference), protest to stop certain acts ( sexual preference, etc. Now then you have prostitute that are called prostitutes just because of their sexual acts, why is it that prostitution is still illegal and prostitutes are not labeled as a class of citizens with their own laws and organizations? It's still a sexual preference that allows gays to have rights. I'm sick of the gay/lesbian demons whining over people making comments about what they really are ***gots = male homosexual. What's the offense? Geeze

577 days ago
73.

Gamo    

"with portions of the money reportedly going to GLAAD"

Well there you go.

Number of people actually offended by this hairballs eye black: 0

Number of people looking for money for their cause: the rest

It is ALWAYS about the money.

577 days ago
74.

Sandra     

Ignorant ass!!

577 days ago
75.

christy    

This guy is a total dick! He knew exactly what he was doing! My question is where was is mgr before he went on field? Who applied it, they should be held responsible as well! With that said screw Gladd. I'm so sick of all of this org. Ready to pounce. Freedom of speech! Gay's do your thing and move on, tired of the whining. He's there to play ball, no excuse for that dick ass move! Should be fired for ignorance!

577 days ago
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