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Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred will accuse an MLB coach of making gay slurs today

Apr 27, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

Ken Slayton Father Of Jaycee Dugard Gloria Allred Press Conference Getty Images

UPDATE:  It’s Braves’ pitching coach Roger McDowell.  Details here.

8:25 AM: Gloria Allred is someone with whom you’re familiar even if you don’t know it. She’s the extremely high-profile (mostly) civil rights lawyer who will, almost always, land some client or another in connection with whatever massive tabloidy and/or entertainment story is dominating the media at any given time. Whether it’s O.J., Princess Diana, Scott Peterson, Borat our countless other arglebargles or fooforaws, you can bet your bippy Allred is involved somehow, usually with a peripheral character, but not always.

My favorite Allred moment was actually a fictitious one. In a “South Park” episode she represented Big Gay Al when he sued the Boy Scouts for discriminating against homosexuals. Then, when Al tries to drop the lawsuit, she accuses Al himself of being a homophobe. An over-the-top portrayal? Just barely, God love her.

In any event, baseball is going to get all they want of Ms. Allred today, as TMZ is reporting that she’s going to hold a press conference this afternoon in which she’ll accuse a major league coach — identity unknown at the moment — of making anti-gay slurs at a male fan and then, when the man complained about such language being used in front of his nine-year-old daughter, allegedly said “kids don’t f***ing belong at the baseball park.”  There were allegedly threats made after that, but I’m sure Allred will explain it in more vivid detail than I could ever hope to.

If true, this could be the most explosive verbal assault from a baseball coach since that reporter asked Tommy Lasorda what he thought of Dave Kingman’s performance.

  1. TomTom - Apr 27, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    Does she always dress in all red because that’s her last name or is that just a coincidental Google Image Search?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 27, 2011 at 8:37 AM

      I did both a Google Image search and a search of the AP/Getty database for this and, yes, she wears red a lot. Easily 75% of the pics I could find of her had her wearing red.

      • cur68 - Apr 27, 2011 at 10:37 AM

        In the background Chris De Burgh is clearing his throat and looking hopeful…

  2. stinkfist5 - Apr 27, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Ozzie Guillen? Then again, he couldn’t say “kids don’t f***ing belong at the baseball park.” in correct English.

    • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2011 at 9:25 AM

      Here’s a great idea for a contest: how would Ozzie say “kids don’t f***ing belong at a baseball park”?

      No grawlixes allowed.

      • dexterismyhero - Apr 27, 2011 at 3:25 PM

        Ozzie:”f***king kids don’t f***ing bewone at a f***ing baseaball park”

  3. Jonny 5 - Apr 27, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    What no guesses as to who it was??? It would have to have been this season or we would know it by now. Who was sucking bad early? Who also has a temper and have been sucking early on this season? I guess Francona or Ozzie. No offense meant, just a guess.

    • paperlions - Apr 27, 2011 at 9:05 AM

      I would be shocked if it was Francona. I’d also be surprised if it was a manager, taking the “MLB coach” thing litterally, it was probably someone of little renown and PR skills on a coaching staff.

      • Jonny 5 - Apr 27, 2011 at 9:26 AM

        Yeah but managers are the angry ones. Usually. I’m not implying character issues with either, I’m just guessing based on who should have been angriest to start the season.

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 27, 2011 at 10:58 AM

      Part of me is thinking that it might be Chuck—only he was talking about the fireplace in his house.

  4. kirkmack - Apr 27, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    I am well aware that most sports use ‘coach’ instead of ‘manager’, and know that all too often the two are used interchangeably. Maybe I’m reading it too literally, but I’m doubting that if it were Tito or Ozzie, because; (a) the headline would say it was an MLB manager, not coach; (b) we’d know about it by now.

    My guess- if she is making the announcement in LA, my hunch is that it is an LA based coach, and from the description of the event and how any coaches have any type of contact with fans during games, I’d guess that it was either a first base or third base coach or even possibly a bullpen coach.

    For the Dodgers, that’s Davey Lopes, Tim Wallach, or Ken Howell. For the Angels, that is Alfredo Griffin, Dino Ebel, or Steve Soltz. Of course, the first name that popped into my head was the hot-headed Larry Bowa, but I don’t think he’s coaching anywhere right now, is he?

    • Jonny 5 - Apr 27, 2011 at 9:29 AM

      Bowa is now a talking head, so he’s out. Davey Lopes would never……… The man can do no wrong, look what he’s done to the Dodgers on base skills. Anyone who can do that is a saint of sorts.

      • clydeserra - Apr 27, 2011 at 9:41 AM

        Davey Lopes was also featured prominently in the Glenn Burke documentary talking about Burke’s proble,s with the dodgers because he was gay. I am assuming he would have learned something from Lasorda’s treatment of Burke to be more sensitive.

        Its gotta be someone high profile, otherwise Allred wouldn’t touch it. I am guessing from the Yankees, Red sox or dodgers.

  5. bigtrav425 - Apr 27, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Does anyone really care? well besides newspapers and the media etc.They are WORDS,thats it and more then likely he was just using the “words” as most of us do at the bar with our friends or just hanging out with them.This country is entirely to PC.its disgusting to me

    • Ace - Apr 27, 2011 at 10:19 AM

      Oh boy. Yes, lots and lots of people care. Gays have made a lot of progress towards equal rights in plenty of other areas, but professional sports remains one of the final frontiers. No one seems to want to talk about it, but sooner or later we’re going to have to face it. Doesn’t it strike you as odd that there’s only ever been one openly gay baseball player? (I believe one more came out in retirement, but that’s it.) There is obviously discrimination based on sexual orientation going on, and this sort of behavior just feeds it and encourages it.

      • explodet - Apr 27, 2011 at 1:20 PM

        Realistically, the “anti-gay slurs” were just the coach calling the fan a faggot or cocksucker once because he was being obnoxious and that’s it.

      • clydeserra - Apr 27, 2011 at 1:38 PM

        two gay players that we know about. Billy Bean (not the A’s GM) and Glenn Burke. Burke was out to his teammates and forced out of LA because Tommy Lasorda did not like Burkes friendship with Lasorda’s Gay son. Then he was forced to endure Billy Martin for a couple of years before quitting.

      • larryhockett - Apr 27, 2011 at 2:50 PM

        Interestingly enough, “faggot” and “cocksucker” are in fact anti-gay slurs. One does not hurl them at fans or friends in bars unless one intends to imply that being gay is a bad thing and that, more or less, is the definition of anti-gay. So sorry that our society’s gradual rejection of the notion that one’s sexual orientation in and of itself makes someone a bad person is “disgusting” to you.

      • dexterismyhero - Apr 27, 2011 at 3:33 PM

        I believe Alan Wiggins from the Padres was gay, but wasn’t that much out even though he died of AIDS.

    • IdahoMariner - Apr 27, 2011 at 11:47 AM

      and I am pretty sure MLB cares, if a coach or manager or anyone in a uniform is being hostile to a kid — if MLB’s stance is “kids don’t f#%^ing belong in a ballpark”, then a whole lot of revenue is going out the window, especially at the more family-friendly parks, and you are destroying your future fan base.

      and those words do matter, and words do damage. I could go on at length about how they do, but if you use them regularly, you aren’t likely to be willing to understand how or why.

      • simon94022 - Apr 27, 2011 at 1:54 PM

        The words may be offensive, and perhaps we ought to have harsh words for the person who said them — depending on what the facts are.

        But Allred is a lawyer. And our entire legal system, and any free society, is built on the principle that short of threatening someone what you or I say, write or think does not have legal implications. I’m not interested in living in a society where someone like Allred can monitor my words and demand retribution if any of them offend someone.

    • luckywi - Apr 27, 2011 at 4:33 PM

      Well aren’t you an enlightened guy. I personally don’t make a habit of degrading people at the bar. And have no problem calling out those that do. And can back up my words with action, if I need too, but generally people who talk big, can’t do much more than that. The tend to be little guy’s. And save your I’m 6-4 and 220 pounds, and am a former Marine bs.

  6. BC - Apr 27, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    This woman needs to be locked in a closet with a rabid jaguar. Or perhaps Charlie Sheen. Someone make her go away. Please. Mommy.

    • Jonny 5 - Apr 27, 2011 at 11:58 AM

      Did you see the movie “Devil” yet? Something tells me that you could lock her in a closet with Sheen, Dykstra, Dahmer, and a Rabid Jaguar with tiger blood and she’d be the only one to walk out when the door opens.

  7. mplsjoe - Apr 27, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    My guess is Larry Bowa is the coach and that this happened last season.

  8. manute - Apr 27, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Presumably, the plaintiff will be seeking “punitive damages….that you’re giving me.”

  9. simon94022 - Apr 27, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    We’re now living in Bizarro World, where the NY Public Library claims that freedom of speech requires giving the public free access to porn online, while a person who says something that offends people faces legal action.
    George Orwell, call your office.

    • paperlions - Apr 27, 2011 at 11:03 AM

      I doubt anyone would be facing legal action for slurs, in all likelihood, the offended party wanted something to drop the issue and the individual and/or team declined. So they are going public to put pressure on those involved/associated to gain leverage in their quest for free stuff.

  10. visnovsky - Apr 27, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Are we certain she is not a demon-spawn?

    • cur68 - Apr 27, 2011 at 10:44 AM

      In the background, the band members of Dark Crusade are clearing their throat and looking hopeful…

  11. hep3 - Apr 27, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Gloria Allred is the biggest waste of a law degree in history. She is also the the largest attention whore in the media today. Truly a double threat.

  12. The Baseball Idiot - Apr 27, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Has anyone ever seen Scott Boras and Gloria Allred in the same room at the same time?

  13. uyf1950 - Apr 27, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    I normally refrain from “comical” observations, but I just can’t resist this one. Can I be the only one that sees the resemblance between Ms. Allred and wile coyote.

  14. jrafter1960 - Apr 27, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    My guess is that it is Ozzie Guillen who on Monday night’s game against the Yankees was using the “maricon” word liberally towards someone while in the dugout and while walking out to change his pitcher. By the way, he is a manager, not a coach.

  15. kirkmack - Apr 27, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Congratulations, star of MTV’s Rock-n-Jock Softball Roger McDowell. You get to talk to the media non-stop about something other than baseball for the next few days…

    (was going to say other than pitching and catching, but that could go both ways, amirite?)

    • luckywi - Apr 27, 2011 at 4:42 PM

      Until he get’s fired. Which he should.

  16. luckywi - Apr 27, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Well, mystery solved. Roger McDowell, Atlanta pitching coach, in San Francisco. Yep three guys at the ballpark In SF, MUST be gay, right. Very enlightened. And really, what are kids doing at the ballpark. That’s just wrong. I’m guessing McDowell knew he was in trouble, and he reacted like any level headed gentleman would. Threatend to knock out a guy’s teeth, with a baseball bat, in front of his kids. This should go well well for McDowell.

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