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

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.
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. AP

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.

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.

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