Blue Jays looking into reported homophobic slur on Yunel Escobar's eye-black

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TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays say they're looking into reports that shortstop Yunel Escobar played Saturday's game against Boston with a homophobic slur written in Spanish under his eyes.

Several pictures posted online show Escobar with the message written in his eye-black, a type of sticker players wear under their eyes to reduce the sun's glare.

The words under the 29-year-old Cuban's eyes were "TU ERE MARICON" which can be translated as "You are a faggot."

The photos stirred up controversy on Twitter and several sports blogs Monday afternoon. Escobar was trending on Twitter by early evening.

When contacted by The Canadian Press, a Blue Jays spokesman said the team was looking into the matter.

The Jays were off Monday night before opening a three-game series Tuesday in New York against the Yankees.

Organizations: Toronto Blue Jays, Canadian Press, Yankees

Geographic location: TORONTO, Boston, New York

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