Posted by Tobi-Dawne
I have to give a shout out to the management team behind the Bluejays. Today the news came out that Yunel Escobar will be receiving a three game suspension for wearing eye black with a homophobic slur scrawled into it. The pay he would have generated during these games will be donated to You Can Play and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Escobar will also be undergoing sensitivity training, after which he will participate in an outreach initiative aimed at teaching others about sensitivity and tolerance towards the acronym community.
You can read the official MLB article here: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120918&content_id=38609650&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb
This was released Monday prior to today’s committee meeting: http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120917&content_id=38585782&vkey=news_tor&c_id=tor
I’ve written about the steps being taken by Major League Baseball, and specifically certain MLB teams in the past… and this just further demonstrates their commitment to equality. It’s a good thing when people, so brightly spotlighted in the public arena are willing to take an obvious stand against discrimination and bullying. All too often people report only on the negatives. This may have become a story based on the ignorant actions of one man (who has since apologized and will be actively working to make things better) it has become a story of a team and an organization willing to do what is right, and that’s something worth noting.
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