09/17/2012 07:36 EDT | Updated 11/17/2012 05:12 EST

Yunel Escobar Homophobic Slur: Blue Jays Player Suspended For 3 Games After Playing With Slur On Eye Black

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TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 15: Yunel Escobar #5 of the Toronto Blue Jays signals to the dugout during MLB game action against the Boston Red Sox on September 15, 2012 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Yunel Escobar of the Toronto Blue Jays has been suspended for three games, the team announced via Twitter.

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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.

"The Toronto Blue Jays do not support discrimination of any kind nor condone the message displayed by Yunel Escobar during Saturday’s game," the team said in a statement.

"The club takes this situation seriously and is investigating the matter."

The Blue Jays added Escobar, general manager Alex Anthopoulos, manager John Farrell and coach Luis Rivera would speak with media in New York on Tuesday.

MLB spokesman Pat Courtney also confirmed the commissioner's office is looking into the reports.

The Jays were off Monday before opening a three-game series against the Yankees.

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