Jays’ Kevin Pillar gives forfeited salary to Toronto-area LGBTQ advocacy groups

Kevin Pillar will donate the salary he forfeited for using an anti-gay slur last month to two Toronto-area LGBTQ organizations, the Blue Jays center fielder announced.

Pillar has apologized since he was suspended without pay for two games for yelling the homophobic slur at Braves pitcher Jason Motte during an on-field confrontation during a game May 17.

It’s not lip service, Pillar said (via ESPN.com). It’s easy to come out and make your apologies and hope people forget, but I meant what I said when I said hopefully I’ll be made an example of.

Based on his $555,000 salary, Pillar’s estimated donation would be just less than $7,000. The money will go to PFLAG, an LGBTQ advocacy and support group, and You Can Play, an organization that works to make sports safe and open for athletes regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Pillar also will go through sensitivity training sessions with PFLAG.

Need to know: Minor missed all of 2015 with a shoulder injury and didn’t see the big leagues in 2016, either ’ he made 10 starts in the minors as he tried to build up strength as a starter ’ but he’s been really good out of the bullpen so far in 2017. He’s pitched 24 2/3 innings over 19 appearances, striking out 25 and allowing just 15 hits and seven walks, with a 1.82 ERA/1.98 FIP. Minor had been a starter during his pre-injury career with the Braves, but moving to the bullpen has been a boost to his fastball; Minor’s averaging 93.9 mph this year after sitting around 9.07 his first five years in the majors. He’d make a great addition to any playoff-bound bullpen.

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