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Allegation: Braves’ pitching coach Roger McDowell made “shocking gay slurs” to fans at AT&T Park

Apr 27, 2011, 4:56 PM EDT

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So, the major league coach who celebrity attorney Gloria Allred was going to accuse of making homophobic slurs at a fan?  It’s Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell. From TMZ:

The coach in question is Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell — who allegedly targeted a group of male fans at San Francisco’s AT&T park last weekend … asking them, “Are you guys a homo couple or a threesome?”

This allegedly happened on Sunday. Allred contends that McDowell also made lewd gestures with a bat, and threatened one of the men — Justin Quinn — asking “how much do you think your teeth are worth?”  As reported this morning, Quinn had his daughters with him at the time and, after the homophobic comments, McDowell said “kids don’t belong at the f***ing ballpark.”  After this happened, Quinn complained to AT&T Park staff whom he said were “very attentive, and took it seriously.” He also filed a police report.

Quinn, his wife, and his daughters — twin nine-year-olds dressed in pink — were at today’s news conference, and Quinn and Allred reenacted the thing with the bat.

Allred said in the news conference that she wants baseball to fine McDowell and the Braves and is demanding that McDowell apologize to the fans who witnessed his alleged homophobic remarks.  If what she says happened is true, I can’t think that Major League Baseball or the Braves would think that sufficient. This is the kind of thing that could and maybe should get McDowell fired.

Remember, oh, 25 minutes ago when I said there was nothing cool about the Braves?  Yeah, that still holds, at least with respect to the pitching coach, at least if what Mr. Quinn is saying is true.

UPDATE: Major League Baseball has issued the following statement regarding the allegations:

“I was informed today that Roger McDowell, a coach of the Atlanta Braves, is being accused of engaging in highly inappropriate conduct toward fans at a game in San Francisco. Although I do not yet have all the factss regarding this incident, the allegations are very troubling to me. The Atlanta Braves have assured my office that they will immediately investigate the allegations, and report the results of the investigation to me. After I have all the facts, I will make a determination of how to proceed.”

In case it was not already clear: the allegations against McDowell are just that — allegations.  It is wise for everyone to wait and hear his side of the story before coming to any conclusions about what, if anything, occurred that would require any sort of action, be it legal or disciplinary or whatever.  That’s certainly what baseball seems to be doing.

UPDATE II:  McDowell has apologized and the Braves have made a statement as well.

109 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. tomemos - Apr 28, 2011 at 1:51 AM

    Just so we’re all clear, sasquach and bigtrav are so obsessed with homosexuals that they are actually claiming that a major league coach should be able to say the following to fans, without punishment, and the fans should not complain in any way:

    1) “Are you a homo couple or a threesome?”
    2) “Are you three giving it to each other in the a**?”
    3) “Kids don’t f**king belong at the baseball park!”
    4) “How much are your teeth worth?” (said while brandishing a bat)

    Is that about right, guys? You’re in favor of all of that? Boy, being obsessed with gays makes people take some pretty weird positions.

  2. sasquash20 - Apr 28, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    Obsessed with fruits? Please I could care less. I’m just sick that every time someone says fag they have to go out and say there sorry. Enough already. If he said that to me I wouldn’t go run and cry about it. I also have no problem with kids at a ball park.

    • handsfour - Apr 29, 2011 at 1:43 AM

      No one should have to apologize for vile insults? Got it…

  3. rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 28, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    I’m straight and if any one references that to me I will need an apology.

    buh bye

  4. rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 28, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    people from the caribbean just say he is a ” buller man “

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