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.