Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar has been given a 3-game suspension for etching an anti-gay slur on his eye-black, a sticker players wear under their eyes to reduce sun glare.

In last weekend's game against Boston, Escobar wrote in Spanish “you are” in his left eye-black and “fagot” in his right.

The 29-year-old Cuban native apologized “to all those who have been offended,” saying it was meant to be “just a joke.”

“It was not something I intended to be offensive,” he said in Spanish. “It was not anything intended to be directed at anyone in particular.”

“I don't have anything against homosexuals,” he said, explaining that the word “maricon” doesn't “have the significance to the way it's being interpreted now.”

The 3-game suspension will cost Escobar $82,000. The money will be donated to two groups: the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and You Can Play.

“Today's actions show that MLB and the Toronto Blue Jays are committed to creating an environment that all fans and families can enjoy, not a place where discriminatory language and anti-gay attitudes are accepted,” said GLAAD president Herndon Graddick.