In this photo taken Aug. 4, 2017, Oakland A’s right fielder Matt Joyce smiles at fans as he walks back to the dugout after the bottom of the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif. Mark J. Terrill AP
In this photo taken Aug. 4, 2017, Oakland A’s right fielder Matt Joyce smiles at fans as he walks back to the dugout after the bottom of the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif. Mark J. Terrill AP

Oakland A's

Matt Joyce’s use of gay slur, and his 2-game suspension, draw divisive reactions on Twitter

By Michael McGough

mmcgough@sacbee.com

August 05, 2017 04:07 PM

Oakland A’s outfielder Matt Joyce received a two-game suspension Saturday for directing a guy slur at a fan during Friday night’s game in Anaheim.

Joyce apologized through the team, and the A’s made their stance clear in a statement issued by the organization, as well as a tweet.

The A's are disappointed by the comments Matt Joyce made to a fan last night. This language is unacceptable & will not be tolerated.

— Oakland A's ⚾️ (@Athletics) August 5, 2017

Joyce also apologized via a series of seven tweets on his personal Twitter account.

His suspension, set to begin Saturday, made headlines and the rounds on social media, where users seem divided on the incident. Some commented that Joyce’s language was an expression of free speech and that the incident was not a big deal, while others said the suspension was a deserved or even insufficient punishment.