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Davidson ejected Brewers fan for homophobic slur

Sep 8, 2010, 7:36 PM EDT

Umpire Bob Davidson says he ejected a fan at Milwaukee’s Miller Park during Tuesday’s game after the use of a homophobic slur aimed at Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.
Davidson ejected 44-year-old Sean A. Ottow in the seventh inning last night because, according to the Associated Press, he wanted to make sure Molina wouldn’t do something to escalate the situation.
Ottow was interviewed by the AP while handcuffed to a bench on Miller Park’s service level and said that he never swore at Molina.
Davidson, who also got some notice last month after Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said he made the “worst call” he’d ever seen on a fair ball ruled foul, also ejected Brewers outfielder Chris Dickerson and Cards pitching coach Dave Duncan from last night’s game, which Milwaukee won 4-2.

  1. Reflex - Sep 8, 2010 at 7:48 PM

    If that is truly the reason he did it, then it was deserved. Should not be able to say anything you want simply because you bought a ticket. Offensive to the target, those around the fan, and homosexuals all in one shot. If I heard that kind of garbage I’d eject the fan too.

  2. RichardInBigD - Sep 8, 2010 at 8:14 PM

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  3. The Common Man - Sep 8, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Totally agree. I shouldn’t have to sit with my kids and listen to you be a bigot in the seats I paid for. If the report is true, it’s probably the best call Davidson has made all year.

  4. Saints97 - Sep 8, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    Is that the umpire’s job or stadium security, though?

  5. Buccofan - Sep 8, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    Most stadium security people near the expensive seats near home plate are senior citizens who can’t hear much. Especially if it’s a fan of the home team yelling. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been threatened by other fans for not rooting for the home team, and that “security” can never hear; but let me whoop when my team does something good, and it’s, “Keep it down”.
    If the umpire believes that a situation may escalate and spill out onto the field, he’s within his rights to take action.

  6. adam - Sep 8, 2010 at 9:45 PM

    And we’ve all seen earlier this year that Molina can be a bit touchy when it comes to getting riled up. If a tap on the shin guards does it, this could have started a monstrous brawl.

    Not that I disagree with throwing the guy out for a homophobic remark, it’s just that Davidson said the reason he did it was so Molina didn’t respond, not because the guy was a jackass who deserved to be removed.

  7. Nsblend - Sep 9, 2010 at 6:32 AM

    Everyone is so policitically correct, cant say this, cant say that. Freedom of speech, He can say whatever he wants. Do they have a “rules list” @ the stadium? By buying a ticket does he have to follow certain rules? If he thinks Yadier Molina seen one close up its his opinion.
    In reallity if i were Ottow, Id seek legal advise and attempt to sue not only for the ticket money back but also for defamation of character by having his face and name on the news and websites in which his employer/ family/ friends can see.

  8. Nsblend - Sep 9, 2010 at 6:33 AM

    possibly the ump took offense to the comment, maybe he is hidiing something.

  9. paul-e - Sep 9, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    Again with the “Freedom of speech” thing. You are free to say whatever you want. You are NOT free from any repercussions because of that speech.
    Why is that so hard for so many people to understand?

  10. voicecats - Sep 9, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    I love when people cite the First Amendment without having any idea what it actually protects…

  11. Michael - Sep 9, 2010 at 10:24 AM


  12. kcfan - Sep 9, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Was there ever a warning? Perhaps a “sir could you please not yell inapropriate things at the players”.. One more step to fans just sitting on their hands and tape on their mouths while at a sporting event. This isnt golf…

  13. Will - Sep 9, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    It’s fairly well established that the first amendment does not protect “fighting words.” See Chaplinsky V. New Hampshire.

  14. Reflex - Sep 9, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    The first amendment protects your right to free speach from being censured by the government. It does not protect your freedom of speach from any other private entity. If the Brewers, Cardinals, your local mall or a neighbor’s property wish to ban you from saying something, they fully have that right.

  15. Roger Moore - Sep 9, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Stadium security may be in charge of escorting the guy out, but they generally listen when somebody complains that a fan is being disruptive. In this case, the guy doing the complaining has the right to call a forfeit if he thinks the home team isn’t maintaining good order at the game, so security is going to be extra attentive to his wishes. Whether that constitutes the umpire ejecting the guy or stadium security doing it is largely a question of semantics.

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