Honestly, some Spanish words just sound better than their English counterparts. While “ignorante” flows off the tongue like the most beautifully heinous Latin invective imaginable, calling Yunel Escobar an “ignorant, homophobic *******” also has a certain guttural quaintness as well. Since science yet denies us the ability to truly read another person’s thoughts, we cannot fully know what has gone through Escobar’s mind. Perhaps more important is what was not going through Escobar’s cranial space each and every time he chose to use an eye black sticker decorated by a homophobic slur. That leaves us with the tried and true method of simply damning him for his actions based only on the data presented.
Escobar knew exactly what the words meant. He turned himself into a small, mobile billboard for hate every time he took the field using the stickers. He failed mightily in protesting his innocence by invoking the “I have gay friends” defense. By that same