NO FREE SPEECH IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: RE HOMOPHOBIA

WHEN HIS TEAM WAS IN THE BIG APPLE CUBAN BLUE JAY SHORTSTOP YUNEL ESCOBAR, WHO SPEAKS ONLY SPANISH, WAS SUSPENDED BY HIS TEAM FOR THREE GAMES AND REQUIRED TO GIVE FAGGOTS HIS THREE DAYS PAY BECAUSE “TU ERE MARICON” WAS MICRO WRITTEN ON HIS EYE-BLACK STICKERS DURING A BOSTON RED SOX GAME BEFORE 21,698 FANS.

          In Cuba the phrase is a slur for homosexual/gay.  Escobar insisted it was a “joke” common amongst Latin players, “a word without meaning” and not directed towards anyone specific.  His cowardly team management did  not support him for his minor indiscretion but instead “threw him to the wolves” in fear of gay reprisals as westerners fear offending Muslims’ rioting for their exercising  free speech rights.

          Escobar’s indiscretion no one could see without sticking their face in his, was not like former pitcher John Rocker’s comment about sitting on a train”next to some queer with AIDS” and he should not have to sit through sensitivity training (in English) in addition to the loss of $87,209 salary to two Toronto area gay and lesbian organizations.     

          Escobar, seen above right with then Blue Jay (now Boston Red Sox) manager John Farrell (0n left) and coach Luis Rivera at 28 minute press conference in Yankee Stadium, was obtained by the Blue Jays from the Atlanta Brave during the 2010 season.  He was sent to the Miami Marlins in a November, 2012 multi-player off-season trade.  He is a .250 hitter, strong arm, core team player who defected from Cuba in 2004 on a flimsy raft that took two weeks to reach Florida.  In Havana he played for Cuba’s New York Yankees, Industriales, and was subject to surveillance by Cuba’s secret police, suspected of helping a junior teammate defect from a foreign tournament.

 

 

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