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Breaking Angles: Russell Martin Uses Homophobic Slur, Cameras Catch It

After getting the final out of the game, Hector Neris glared into the Dodger dugout. Dodger catcher Russell Martin didn’t take too kindly to that.

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Breaking Angles: Russell Martin Uses Homophobic Slur, Cameras Catch It


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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.

Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy handled the situation better after the game saying, “He’s blown about eight saves against us over the last two years. I guess he was finally excited he got one.”

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.

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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