May 1, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT
Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Major League Baseball has suspended Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell for two weeks without pay following his actions toward a group of fans last weekend in San Francisco.
He has also been fined an undisclosed — but probably quite hefty — sum of money.
According to reports, McDowell made homophobic slurs, crude gestures and even threatened to knock out a fan’s teeth with a baseball bat. No matter what sparked those reactions, the longtime player and coach was completely in the wrong and is now facing one of the biggest punishments baseball has levied on a coach in a long while.
Dave Wallace has been filling in at McDowell’s post for the Braves on an interim basis. The two-week suspension is retroactive to April 29, when the Braves initially put McDowell on administrative leave.
McDowell will also be required by Major League Baseball to take part in a sensitivity training program.
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