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Blue Jays issue statement regarding Kevin Pillar situation

May 15, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar (11) singles against the Atlanta Braves during the fifth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Following an incident that occurred Wednesday night during the Toronto Blue Jays and Atlanta Braves game, MLB announced an investigation directed at outfielder Kevin Pillar regarding possible homophobic slurs he allegedly made to Braves pitcher Jason Motte.

Since then, the team made a statement Thursday via Twitter extending their apologies for the alleged comments.

The incident occurred when benches cleared twice and the second incident resulted in the investigation. Pillar seemed to be upset over a “quick pitch” from Motte.

“It was immature, it was stupid, it was uncalled for,” Pillar said. “It’s part of the game, it’s just, I’m a competitive guy and 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.”

According to commissioner Rob Manfred, Pillar could face disciplinary action following the incident, but no announcement has been made.

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