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Did Yuli Gurriel deserve to be suspended?

Screenshot from USA Today Sports' YouTube video: Yuli Gurriel suspended five games
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Friday night, during game 3 of the World Series between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers, baseball found itself with an unwanted controversy. During the second inning of the game, Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel hit a home run off Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish. Upon returning to the dugout, Gurriel was seen using his fingers to slant his eyes and mouthing an ethnic slur. Major League Baseball, Saturday, suspended Gurriel for the first five games of the 2018 baseball season, which will cost him over $300,000 and have him take sensitivity training. The question is: Did Yuli Gurriel deserve to be suspended?

Those who believe he should be suspended argue that his gesture and the word he was seen saying are racist and he must be punished. Many feel the punishment was not enough and he should have been suspended for the rest of the World Series. They feel that he must be shown that, even if his intent was not racist, the action was, and he must learn a lesson. Finally, baseball is the sport of Jackie Robinson and, in his memory, racism cannot be tolerated in any way.

People who feel he did not deserve to be suspended argue that Yuli Gurriel grew up in a different culture and only recently came to America, and so he must be given some leeway here. They feel that by holding him to our societal views, without even considering his, we are being the ones who are racist. Also, people feel he was not trying to be racist, he was mocking Yu Darvish in the heat of the moment and we, as a society, have to stop being so politically correct.

What Yuli Gurriel did was unacceptable in American society. He has apologized to Darvish and the fans for his actions and he will not appeal his suspension. Darvish has expressed his wish to move on and the Dodgers are focusing now on trying to win the World Series. Does Gurriel’s punishment fit his crime?

This USA TODAY Sports clip covers the suspension of Yuli Gurriel:

The Issue

Did Yuli Gurriel deserve to be suspended for his behavior in game three of the World Series? Was his gesture blatantly racist, or was he just mocking an opponent after hitting a home run?

Yes, Yuli Gurriel deserved to be suspended

Those who feel Gurriel deserved to be suspended say that his actions were inexcusable and he deserved to be punished severely. They see his actions as racist and feel they have no place in today’s society.

No, Yuli Gurriel did not deserve to be suspended

People who do not think he deserved to be suspended say that Gurriel grew up in a different culture and we have to show some understanding towards him. They feel that he didn’t know how his gesture would be viewed here in America.

Do you think Yuli Gurriel deserved to be suspended?

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