Once again, we have another MLB player using a homophobic slur directed towards another player. Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin used the F-Word directed at Phillies pitcher Hector Neris following his final out of their game this past week.
After getting the final out of the game, Neris glared into the Dodger dugout and apparently screamed “F**k You.” Martin who was standing next to Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw didn’t take too kindly to that, and decided to use a derogatory slur.
So far the MLB has yet to comment on Martin’s actions, but they have certainly set a precedent in the past when it comes to homophobic language. In 2017, then Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar was caught using the same slur in a game and was handed a two-game suspension. Also on the 2017 Blue Jays? Russell Martin.
Kevin Pillar and learning a lesson
Pillar took the suspension and vowed to change. A year after the incident Pillar was able to reflect on the moment.
“I look back a year from it and am thankful that it happened, because I hope the uncomfortable conversations that I can now have – which can be uncomfortable, can be sensitive, and for a long time there wasn’t really a reason to have these conversations – people can understand the impact it had.
“Hearing the struggles that they go through living in their own skin every day was really sad, it made me even more remorseful for what I did, knowing how much the word is still casually used and how deeply it offends them,” said Pillar.
“You would think living in 2018, during a pretty progressive time in the world, that a lot of these struggles that these individuals go through would be something that would be a thing of the past. I can only imagine what it’s like for them to try to live what is considered to be a normal life after hearing what they have to go through.
“Just the fear of how they’re going to be accepted by their own family, their own friends. Then you throw in society on top of that, and what they continue to go through was eye-opening.”
The MLB and the Dodgers have yet to respond to Martin’s actions, but we’ll be waiting to see if he responds in a similar way to his former teammate.
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