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Matt Joyce of the Oakland Athletics was overheard using an anti-gay slur in an angry exchange with a boorish fan after being robbed of a base hit during Friday’s 8-6 loss to the Angels. Now Major League Baseball has suspended Joyce for two games following the incident.

Joyce took to Twitter Saturday night to supplement comments he made immediately after the game, and offered a more specific apology:



Joyce is also quoted on the team’s website expressing regret and embarrassment for his choice of words:

‚ÄúI let the emotions and frustrations really get the better of me there,‚ÄĚ Joyce said. ‚ÄúObviously said some words that should never be said. There‚Äôs no excuse, no good excuse for that kind of language to be said and ever used.‚ÄĚ


‚ÄúIt kind of comes with the territory,‚ÄĚ Joyce said. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs no tolerance for that with baseball and obviously with the Oakland A‚Äôs and the great community that we have in the Bay Area. It‚Äôs embarrassing to me and my family. I was raised a lot better.‚ÄĚ


Joyce will reportedly participate in an outreach program with PFLAG, a ‚Äúfamily and ally organization‚ÄĚ supporting the LGBTQ community.