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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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91.

nyc    

The correct translation is "you are a f**got". Regardless, it was very immature on his behalf.

710 days ago
92.

Rob    

Its sad when something was so obviously intended, yet then a try at an appology afterwords. Sorry.... It doesnt cut it. You should be ashamed of yourself!!

710 days ago
93.

Guigui    

Means coward

710 days ago
94.

erec    

In a country that fights their right to marry, why is this found offensive? GLAAD needs to aim higher, cuz as a cuban 3 days off is 3 days off. MARICON!

710 days ago
95.

Frank     

So what happened to freedom of speech in this country? you may not agree but he can say/write what he wants

710 days ago
96.

Donald    

Quit your crying!!! If no one wants to be called Maricon dont be a Maricon.

710 days ago
97.

ME623    

Dont make derrogatory statements in public then you won't have to make these "phony & forced" apologies.

710 days ago
98.

Lauren    

I just love when people come to this country, make millions of dollars and don't speak a lick of English. It's the American way!

710 days ago
99.

BlackBarbie818    

LEARN ENGLISH DUMB-ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

710 days ago
100.

habad    

Aparte de ser tonto del culo por escribirlo va y lo escribe mal.

710 days ago
101.

magica    

His career is OVER. The gay mafia will see to that.

710 days ago
102.

Beauty    

10 years ago this would have been funny to society. Now we have these gays taking over everything including our freedom of speech and expression and bullying us over our personal beliefs and opinions. GLAAD is nothing more than a lynch mob out to get any one who even passively disagrees with their agenda.

710 days ago
103.

Pat    

This guy thinks everyone is stupid.

710 days ago
104.

Zarley    

He just should have put KY for men and all the gays would have bee completely satisfied.

710 days ago
105.

Ray In PV    

In many latin countries what he wrote means, "You are a sissy". If he had said "Tu eres joto, that's a different story.

710 days ago
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