Inside Sports

What’s next for Kevin Pillar? Becoming a role model, says MLB’s Billy Bean

What’s next for Kevin Pillar? Becoming a role model, says MLB’s Billy Bean
Pillar issued an apology after yelling a homophobic slur at Braves pitcher Jason Motte during a game.

USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball vice president Billy Bean, a former player who came out as gay in 1999 after his career had concluded, said he hopes Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar’s usage of homophobic language can be a lesson for Pillar himself, the league and the sports world.

The Blue Jays suspended Pillar two games Thursday for using an anti-gay slur toward Atlanta Braves pitcher Jason Motte during Wednesday night’s game. Pillar issued an apology Thursday for using “inappropriate language” and helping to “extend the use of a word that has no place in baseball, in sports or anywhere in society today.”

“This is not who I am and I will use this as an opportunity to better myself,” he said.

The Blue Jays, MLB and Pillar are determining organizations to which Pillar’s two games worth of salary will be donated.

Part of Pillar bettering himself, Bean said, will entail engagement work with PFLAG, the country’s largest organization for allies united with members of the LGBTQ community.

“I think that will be very beneficial for him,” Bean said. “Once there’s a willingness to be (engaged), that’s 95% of the battle. When you’re able to grow and learn off the field, just as you do on the field, it…

Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

More in Inside Sports

Cowboys Get Positive News Regarding Hitchens; LB Still Expected To Miss Time

Todd HoughAugust 31, 2017

There’s a First Time for Everything

Todd HoughAugust 31, 2017

Cullen agrees to one-year contract with Wild

The FranchiseOK TeamAugust 17, 2017

Conflicting Reports Surround LeBron James’ Plans to Leave Cavaliers After Season

The FranchiseOK TeamAugust 17, 2017

Fantasy Insider: Which Players To Target In Round One?

The FranchiseOK TeamAugust 17, 2017

The Franchise