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TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 15: Yunel Escobar #5 of the Toronto Blue Jays signals to the dugout during MLB game action against the Boston Red Sox on September 15, 2012 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 15: Yunel Escobar #5 of the Toronto Blue Jays signals to the dugout during MLB game action against the Boston Red Sox on September 15, 2012 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)  

Toronto shortstop suspended for anti-gay slur

The Toronto Blue Jays have suspended shortstop Yunel Escobar for three games after he was seen sporting eye-black strips on his face reading “you are a faggot” in Spanish.

During Saturday’s game against the Boston Red Sox, a Getty Images photograph captured the message, which read “tu ere maricon.”

Major League Baseball investigated whether the message could have been a prank pulled by other teammates, but concluded that Escobar was responsible for the anti-gay slur.

Escobar stands to lose $92,000 from the three-game suspension, funds which the Blue Jays says will go instead to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. He will also be required to attend sensitivity training, according to the MLB.

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