Although no punishment from Major League Baseball has come down at this time, Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar has already issued a statement regarding Wednesday evening’s incident against the Atlanta Braves. While currently being investigated for the “possible use of a homophobic slur,” Pillar directed his inappropriate language toward Braves relief pitcher Jason Motte.
The veteran center fielder’s emotions boiled over after Motte struck him out in the top half of the seventh inning while now having this to say regarding the matter:
— Kevin Pillar (@KPILLAR4) May 18, 2017
Pillar also made the following comments immediately following the conclusion of the aforementioned mid-week matchup.
“Yeah, I mean, obviously that was the initial thing I was upset about but I think it just stems from a little frustration in myself and just the way this series has been going,” said Pillar of the quick pitch that frustrated him, via MLB.com. “It was immature, it was stupid, it was uncalled for. It’s part of the game, it’s just, I’m a competitive guy and a heat of the moment. Obviously I’m going to do whatever I’ve got to do to reach out and apologize and let him know [he] didn’t do anything wrong, it was all me. Obviously something to learn from, something to move on from. Don’t let it define me but really I think it was just frustration from coming off a really good homestand and really just not even being in any of these ball games, just coming out flat and not being able to build on what we were able to build on against Seattle. That just all came out in that moment.”
Statement from the Toronto Blue Jays. pic.twitter.com/ASZuzUM6RM
— Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 18, 2017