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political May 23rd, 2017 1:24pm

Due to calling a Braves player a "f*ggot" during a game, Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar was suspended for two games. Was this an appropriate punishment?

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ladyniner81 no hope for humanity
05/24/17 12:23 pm

Depends. If they're friends it's ok. Guys get stupid when they're playing sports. Talking shit, just having fun, but if he's just being an asshole. No it's not.

theNobamist Silicon Valley
05/24/17 12:31 am

Soon all the players will get trophies too! 🏆

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
05/23/17 6:39 pm

No. It's no worse than calling the guy a "poopyhead." No suspension is warranted.

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orgblu10 Shamerica
05/23/17 11:01 am

Since when is on-the-field speech between players subject to punishment? What about comments to umpires, or the stuff said at the bottom of a pile in a football game? Granted, it's stupid and insensitive, but I think this has more to do with the fact that the Blue Jays suck this year, and can't afford another public relations problem.

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Jazzy5 USA
05/23/17 10:45 am

PC gone a muck.
" you no good dirty rat"
Will make a come back .
Until the rats protest!

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BeachSt Coastal Virginia
05/23/17 12:19 pm

Call a black player a nigger and see how far that will get you..

Jazzy5 USA
05/23/17 12:44 pm

That was not what was said, you took a big leap off the edge With that!

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
05/23/17 12:54 pm

They're the same...

Jazzy5 USA
05/23/17 1:06 pm

Aaaah, no they are not!

american6 Moderate Libertarian
05/23/17 1:10 pm

Calling a married man a faggot is not the same as calling a black person a nigger. Using the word faggot is somewhat anti-gay, but the pitcher wasn't gay so it doesn't really mean anything. Using nigger is racist, so saying it to a black person means quite a bit. A valid more valid comparison would be calling a white person a nigger, because that doesn't really mean anything to a white person.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
05/23/17 1:12 pm

Right but you can't see sexuality. He could actually be gay. Nigger is an unacceptable word as is faggot.

Jazzy5 USA
05/23/17 1:50 pm

Reset the sails...
I'm not sensitive to words..
In life if that is the worst that happens to you, you are lucky..
lighten up and know who you are, not what someone says!
On here, I have been called several names. Consider the source. Move on..

american6 Moderate Libertarian
05/23/17 1:57 pm

I looked it up. The guy who got called a faggot is married. He's not gay.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
05/23/17 2:26 pm

I'm not talking about you specifically. I'm mentioning the power of words. Thinking faggot is bad is PC but thinking nigger is wrong is just decent? No. They're the same.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
05/23/17 3:29 pm

Also that doesn't matter. And a married guy can be gay. Even if they're married to a woman.

thebarr
05/24/17 3:11 am

We all need to stop being so damn sensitive. It was one word. It wasn't a pattern of harassment. I don't care what he called him. Chill. Grow up.

FATSHADOW Cyborg Gorilla
05/23/17 10:08 am

Granted my childhood falls under "different times", but if this was a punishable offense in the 90's, 75% of any team I have ever played for would have been suspended at any given time.

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CoffeeNow Powderpuff leftist
05/23/17 9:45 am

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words are evil and scary and we need to punish these naughty mouths by removing them from their work

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Hyli
05/23/17 9:22 am

The only things that matter are company policy and FCC regulations during broadcast. In this case, he works for the company, violated company rules, and is being punished by the company. Go take your inhumane desire to insult people and "free speech" tears somewhere else, snowflakes.

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bnnt Los Angeles
05/23/17 8:52 am

It's not kind, but not warranted for suspension. It's more of a cave-in to the PC police (media) or else they'll smear the sport.

In the real world, players make under-breathe commentary about anybody they play against ALL THE TIME.

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BeachSt Coastal Virginia
05/23/17 12:20 pm

What about nigger?

thebarr
05/24/17 3:12 am

Same thing. Just a word. Get over it.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
05/24/17 8:28 am

Do you walk around calling people that then? Since it's just a word..

thebarr
05/24/17 6:10 pm

Plenty of black people use it jokingly to rib each other, which is analogous to what happened here.

The question isn't whether it not I would use it (I would not) the question is whether using it once in a non-hostile context should warrant a warning or a suspension. Plenty of things I wouldn't do don't warrant suspension.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
05/25/17 9:56 am

A black man using the word is different from someone using faggot as a pejorative against another player. Words have power

cowboy Here and There
05/23/17 8:26 am

Yet people think that there's no gay mafia? 🙄

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bnnt Los Angeles
05/23/17 8:55 am

Gay mafia's minions are the "thought police" mainstream media. Have to keep everybody in check - but only on gay/transgender issues. Make derogatory names about anybody else (except Muslims because they're "peaceful") and it's considered a celebration of free speech.

The irony...

RussianThunder Russia and USA
05/23/17 8:00 am

Free speech.....not so free I guess

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thatguy2 We tried to warn you
05/23/17 8:02 am

You don't understand what free speech means. Don't worry, you're not alone.

RussianThunder Russia and USA
05/23/17 8:11 am

Please, enlighten me on the definition of free speech.

I realize he is employed by a team and a ream has standards. They can punish him in accordance to their own rules.

However, you seem to think I don't know the meaning of free speech. So, please, educate me.

thatguy2 We tried to warn you
05/23/17 8:14 am

It means you can't be punished by the government. It doesn't mean there won't be any consequences.

jrpacman Pensum iocus est
05/23/17 8:33 am

MLB is not a part of the federal government

RussianThunder Russia and USA
05/23/17 8:39 am

The consequences have become somewhat severe for everything. Everyone is offended by everything. Everyone calls for everyone else to be punished. Was what he did right? No. However, words change over time. It appears the term "retard" is used now as a common insult but when that same speaker actually refers to a person who might previously have been called "retarded" they use the more correct "intellectually impaired". Calling someone "a retard" today seems like calling someone an idiot and is not intended as a slight against intellectually challenged people.
Was this other player gay?

jrpacman Pensum iocus est
05/23/17 8:46 am

I agree with that, just saying you can't defend it with constitutional free speech- that only applies to the federal government.

RussianThunder Russia and USA
05/23/17 8:52 am

Per the courts....freedom of speech means:

Not to speak (specifically, the right not to salute the flag). West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943).

Of students to wear black armbands to school to protest a war (“Students do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate.”).Tinker v. Des Moines, 393 U.S. 503 (1969).

To use certain offensive words and phrases to convey political messages.Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15 (1971).

To contribute money (under certain circumstances) to political campaigns. Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1 (1976).

To advertise commercial products and professional services (with some restrictions). Virginia Board of Pharmacy v. Virginia Consumer Council, 425 U.S. 748 (1976); Bates v. State Bar of Arizona, 433 U.S. 350 (1977).

To engage in symbolic speech, (e.g., burning the flag in protest). Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989); United States v. Eichman, 496 U.S. 310 (1990).

jrpacman Pensum iocus est
05/23/17 8:53 am

Did this fall under any of those circumstances

RussianThunder Russia and USA
05/23/17 8:55 am

It does not include:

To incite actions that would harm others (e.g., “[S]hout[ing] ‘fire’ in a crowded theater.”). Schenck v. United States, 249 U.S. 47 (1919).

To make or distribute obscene materials.
Roth v. United States, 354 U.S. 476 (1957).
To burn draft cards as an anti-war protest. United States v. O’Brien, 391 U.S. 367 (1968).

To permit students to print articles in a school newspaper over the objections of the school administration. Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, 484 U.S. 260 (1988).

Of students to make an obscene speech at a school-sponsored event.Bethel School District #43 v. Fraser, 478 U.S. 675 (1986).

Of students to advocate illegal drug use at a school-sponsored event. Morse v. Frederick, __ U.S. __ (2007).

thatguy2 We tried to warn you
05/23/17 8:56 am

What point do you think you're making?

RussianThunder Russia and USA
05/23/17 8:56 am

My point is the courts determine what and what is not free speech. Not all of the above cases fall under the federal government.

It would be interesting how the court would rule if he decided to sue.

RussianThunder Russia and USA
05/23/17 8:58 am

My point is that you clearly stated this did not fall under free speech. If he sued, it might as the courts seem to determine what is free speech and what is not.

thatguy2 We tried to warn you
05/23/17 9:01 am

The court wouldn't take this case. It's very cut and dry.

thatguy2 We tried to warn you
05/23/17 9:07 am

It doesn't fall under free speech. Most ever case you listed involves the government in some respect. Not yelling fire in a theater is about not putting people's lives in danger. Obviously not the case here

RussianThunder Russia and USA
05/23/17 9:08 am

Doubtful.

In addition, I would think he could make the case, that he is from Cuba and in Cuba the term is used in such a way as "you are not a real man". It is apparently a common insult.

Two great ideals from the left come into play here. Cultural attributes and gay rights. Well, as he was not insulting a gay man but seemingly everyone on the opposing team, it was not a slight at any homosexual as much as it was a taunt to the opposing team.

RussianThunder Russia and USA
05/23/17 9:09 am

Cohen vs California is the one often cited.

thatguy2 We tried to warn you
05/23/17 9:18 am

This has nothing to do with gay rights. MLB suspended him because they knew not taking action would hurt the league in the eyes of some fans which would ultimately impact their bottom line.

RussianThunder Russia and USA
05/23/17 9:33 am

Kevin Pillar yelled it at a Braves player. He apologized. Ok. You mean, if he called the person other names that would have been ok but "faggot" was out of bounds? If baseball is like football (soccer) you hear a lot more than that at those games.

If I'm standing in a field playing a game and someone shouted at me "you filthy kike" (I am Jewish) I would not like it but assume it's part of competition. It was a taunt. I'm not going to say "waaaa, he insulted me". If I hear that said to another player it just lowers my opinion of the speaker, that's all.

The team reacted to placate a public that seems overly impacted by words and speech. Sensitivity is all the rage these days. The American public needs to put on their big boy panties and stop being offended about everything. Was he wrong to say it? Yes. He apologized.

Personally being offended about words gives those words greater impact, if you ask me.

commonsense America isnt racist
05/23/17 7:07 am

Gotta love democrats and their fascism.

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WorstGooEver Nuke the Hurricanes
05/23/17 9:28 am

It's called capitalism.

commonsense America isnt racist
05/23/17 9:52 am

Oh, cause capitalism encourages censorship. Nah

political Georgia
05/23/17 6:43 am

m.youtube.com/watch?v=f6cmqUTPn08

Anyone wish that MLB would allow managers to wear a mic while they argue?

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truspec Texas
05/23/17 7:48 am

Nah, then they would get fined for their amazing outbursts :)

Okie1967 The world is crazy
05/23/17 6:42 am

Gee. So much censorship.

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Carcano Luke 10 19
05/23/17 6:38 am

Dumb. Why has the world become wimpy? Remember when I could call my barber a dumb Polack and he would smile and insult me back?

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DerekWills Lone Star Gun Rights
05/23/17 6:36 am

Glad we can all be adults and punish people for calling someone a name... because feelings and all...

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bluerum29 optimistic idealist
05/23/17 6:34 am

He deserved to be suspended for his stupidity. And the blue Jays needed so.e punishment for their actions,in that series.

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bluerum29 optimistic idealist
05/23/17 7:19 am

I'm good with bat flips, but you are just a jackass when still down 4. And hitting 7 hatters compared to 1.

political Georgia
05/23/17 6:28 am

It really amazes me that someone is suspended for 2 games for using this word and is sent to deliver a tear jerking apology speech for using this word. If you read baseball players' lips, the MLB has a lot of work to do if they are trying to produce a "professional environment." They are really inconsistent with punishments. Using the Lord's name in vain repeatedly occurs on the diamond, but players never get suspended for that.

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wearemonkeys77 Lest We Forget... Hodor
05/23/17 6:32 am

Rules around religion? Do you really want to open that can of worms?

ScenarioNations California
05/23/17 6:35 am

Why should they? "Oh my God" has become a common expression in America and is even said during sex. You can't punish a player for saying a common expression like that. Saying the term faggot in professional circles has become equivalent to saying the term nigger as its a taboo phrase directed to and only to humans and is derogatory in the fact that people view it as offensive since it's insulting people. "Oh my God" is offending people who are offended for their God..that's it. There's no God to get offended over it and if there is, boy does he get triggered easily. I'm not saying he should've been punished but if he has been then he should get a punishment equivalent to saying "nigger" rather than fining people for offending you because you think God is offended for me saying a common culturally accepted phrase.

political Georgia
05/23/17 6:40 am

You certainly don't have much compassion toward Christians. If suspensions revolve around others being offended, why are Christians exempted from sympathy?

ScenarioNations California
05/23/17 6:58 am

Because we don't make exceptions for Muslims who want to wear their headscarf on the field, for Buddhist players who want to meditate during the game, or nudist players who want to play nude.

The difference between gays, blacks, and Christians are that gays and blacks are offended because you offended them with that word or phrase and you're directly offending them. When I say "Oh my God" I'm not meaning to offend anyone since it's a culturally accepted phrase and we say it loosely while saying nigger and faggot aren't culturally accepted words and are directly meant to be taken as negative insults. Gays can't choose to be gay, you can't choose who you're attracted to. Blacks can't choose to be black, you can't choose your skin color. Religious people do choose whether or not to listen to opposing arguments or not or to be offended or not and you're deciding to be offended for a guy who hasn't been proven to even exist. Case closed.

political Georgia
05/23/17 7:12 am

"OMG" is not what I expect people to get suspended from. I would expect a suspension for "GD" if you are going to suspend someone for saying, "f*ggot."

wearemonkeys77 Lest We Forget... Hodor
05/23/17 7:16 am

Faggot was directed at someone

political Georgia
05/23/17 7:17 am

"GD" is directed at an even higher power, which is even more offensive to Christians.

wearemonkeys77 Lest We Forget... Hodor
05/23/17 7:20 am

It's not directed at the person, people have rights. Not religions.

political Georgia
05/23/17 7:24 am

One of those rights is freedom of religion, but that's irrelevant to this discussion.

wearemonkeys77 Lest We Forget... Hodor
05/23/17 7:29 am

Yeah that's an irrelevant point in this discussion.

political Georgia
05/23/17 7:38 am

I was referring to your comment.

thatguy2 We tried to warn you
05/23/17 8:06 am

It's helpful to understand that god is imaginary. Insulting it is no different from insulting leprechauns.

political Georgia
05/23/17 8:07 am

You don't care about Christians' feelings. Got it - thanks for being so clear.

ScenarioNations California
05/23/17 8:12 am

If you can prove God exists scientifically, rationally, and that he is who you claim he is, then we could we could say that "God" was directed at someone and thus offensive. Until then you getting offended for a deity isn't the same thing as a gay or black person getting insulted and offended towards something directed about them. Until then, "Oh my God" and other terms like that can't be deemed offensive due to it not offending the "person" it's directed at. Rather a similar situation is me being offended for a gay person after someone calls them a "gay person" and this example isn't even that good as gay people exist and you haven't proven your god does.

political Georgia
05/23/17 8:15 am

You don't seem to understand that insulting someone's God is insulting to the person. I don't need to prove God for this discussion. I'm simply making the point that this suspension revolved around a word offending a group of people. "GD" offends a group of people, but the punishment for saying that during a baseball game is nothing. This is a classic example of double standards.

ScenarioNations California
05/23/17 8:18 am

Again, it insults the religious because they feel as if their God is being insulted. So this feeling of offense is completely irrational unless you can prove your God claim. Until that point it's equivalent to me being offended for Flat Stanly for being called anorexic, even though there's no evidence Stanly exists, he can't get offended, and the only one who is offended is me and that's only because I thought the Flat Stanly books were historically accurate documents.

political Georgia
05/23/17 8:38 am

This whole conversation revolves around what you deem is correct. I hope that you don't believe that morals are relative because if you do your whole premise is a contradiction.

ScenarioNations California
05/23/17 8:51 am

You still haven't made a compelling case for the existence of God and thus your argument of being offended is about as rational as the existence of Flat Stanly and me being offended because someone called him anorexic. And no, I don't believe in a subjective morality. Morality seems to be determined by evolution, societal evolution, and survival. Total murder is wrong because it goes against our self interest as a species to do it on a massive scale (everyone going around killing literally everyone), but small scale murder (wars, regular murder, even genocide) differ in the moral beliefs of various cultures. While Nazi Germany believed some genocide was okay, Nazi Germany would've fallen a lot sooner if Germans went around killing literally anyone they saw. If you need me to explain I can but as objective as I can be, this is how I see morality working. A bit of subjective and objective morality working together.

rons screw politicians
05/23/17 6:27 am

The last time I heard that word was in the 70's.

wearemonkeys77 Lest We Forget... Hodor
05/23/17 6:33 am

South park changed the meaning. It now means people who ride really loud motorcycles, lol.

ScenarioNations California
05/23/17 6:36 am

People that play with fidget spinners

RussianThunder Russia and USA
05/23/17 8:14 am

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I love that show!