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Braves' McDowell accused of homophobic comments

Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:40 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2011 8:53 pm
 
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Roger McDowellEvery once in a while you read stories about whether a professional athlete could come out as a homosexual in this day and age, and every time it seems we're moving toward acceptance, we get pulled back to reality.

According to TMZ.com, noted attorney Gloria Allred has accused Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell of using several homophobic slurs and comments toward a group of male fans at San Francisco's AT&T Park last weekend.

According to Allred, McDowell asked a group of male fans, "Are you a homo couple or a threesome?" A family of four, including two 9-year-old girls, said after McDowell made the remarks, he used a baseball bat to simulate sex.

After the father confronted McDowell, the pitching coach reportedly responded, "Kids don't [expletive] belong at the baseball park." And then approached the man with a bat and said, "How much are your teeth worth?"

It's unlikely Bud Selig's crew will add McDowell's "kids don't [expletive] belong at the baseball park" as a marketing slogan anytime soon.

The family wants an apology from McDowell, as well as a fine from the commissioner's office for both McDowell and the Braves.

McDowell has yet to respond and he's innocent until proven guilty, but it's tough to say it's uncommon to hear that kind of talk in baseball clubhouses -- whether McDowell is dumb enough to say that outside the clubhouse, that's another story.

UPDATE: Bud Selig has released a statement on the incident:

"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 facts 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."

UPDATE: McDowell apologized in a statement today.

"I am deeply sorry that I responded to the heckling fans in San Francisco on Saturday. I apologize to everyone for my actions."

The Braves also issued a statement:
"We were made aware of an incident in San Francisco this past Saturday. We are concerned by these allegations and the behavior described by a witness today. This in no way represents the Braves organization and the conduct we expect of our employees. We will withhold further comments until we finish gathering information."

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:39 pm
 

Braves' McDowell accused of homophobic comments

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Braves' McDowell accused of homophobic comments

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 6:28 am
 

Braves' McDowell accused of homophobic comments

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Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2011 3:20 pm
 

Braves' McDowell accused of homophobic comments

Re-read the comments, AnthonyJ.  I didn't imply that ALL athletes were over-testosteronized gay-bashers

Yeah, some are actually homos.



Since: Apr 28, 2011
Posted on: April 29, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Braves' McDowell accused of homophobic comments

And yes I am guilty of stereotyping as well, we all are.  Sometimes it is wrong, but most of the time the steroetypes are pretty accurate, not all the time, but a lot of the time.  They are stereotypes for a reason. 



Since: Apr 28, 2011
Posted on: April 29, 2011 1:43 pm
 

Braves' McDowell accused of homophobic comments

Well said, I do agree with you, I just was pointing out the hypocricy.  And yes I said southerners, but you and I know that is what you were implying. 

And just for the record, I am in no way defending McDowell.  The funniest part of the story is where he said "a ball park is no place for a kid."  Is he kiding, that is excatly what it is for.  They are adults playing a kids game, don't ever forget that McDowell. 



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: April 28, 2011 5:28 pm
 

Braves' McDowell accused of homophobic comments

Re-read the comments, AnthonyJ.  I didn't imply that ALL athletes were over-testosteronized gay-bashers, but you can't be serious if you think that my broad comment is not more widely assumed in sports than not.  I simply ask you to consider how many gay athletes have ever come out of the closet and outed themselves.  We KNOW there are gay athletes.  So name one that doesn't wear skates, golf shoes or speedos.  Even if you can name one or two, you can't possibly believe that is all there are.  And, to be clear, we are talking about gay MALE athletes.  Female gay athletes do tend to be a little more forthcoming, and society a bit more tolerant, although not much.

Also, I am delighted by your rant against my rant implying my hypocricy in drawing stereotypes.  In NO part of my note did I mention the geographic south.  YOU did that.  Believe it or not, there are closed-minded, intolerant, sister-fondling, single-wide dwelling bigots in the north and the west, too!

i do appreciate your reply, though, and have to cop to a bit of stereotyping myself.  At least I didn't do it in front of somebody's daughters.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: April 28, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Braves' McDowell accused of homophobic comments

 

According to Allred, McDowell asked a group of male fans, "Are you a homo couple or a threesome?" A family of four, including two 9-year-old girls, said after McDowell made the remarks, he used a baseball bat to simulate sex.

 

 




Noted attorney? Um, no. It should have said infamous attorney Gloria Allred. Allred is a disgrace. She's an ambulance chaser. She's to women's right's or anyone's rights, what Al Sharpton is to Civil Rights. She's an opportunist and a charleton. She shouldn't be part of any punishment or equation. She's a wart on the arse of law.

If McDowell did make those comments, you can bet he'll get "sensitivity training", a fine and maybe a few game suspension. However, how do we know if he was baited by master manipulators? His response was crass and uncalled for(if he did in fact say those things), but let's not condemn him as some homophobe.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: April 28, 2011 5:10 pm
 

Braves' McDowell accused of homophobic comments

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According to Allred, McDowell asked a group of male fans, "Are you a homo couple or a threesome?" A family of four, including two 9-year-old girls, said after McDowell made the remarks, he used a baseball bat to simulate sex.

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 Noted attorney? Um, no. It should have said infamous attorney Gloria Allred. Allred is a disgrace. She's an ambulance chaser. She's to women's right's or anyone's rights, what Al Sharpton is to Civil Rights. She's an opportunist and a charleton. She shouldn't be part of any punishment or equation. She's a wart on the arse of law.

If McDowell did make those comments, you can bet he'll get "sensitivity training", a fine and maybe a few game suspension. However, how do we know if he was baited by master manipulators? His response was crass and uncalled for(if he did in fact say those things), but let's not condemn him as some homophobe.





Since: Feb 9, 2009
Posted on: April 28, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Braves' McDowell accused of homophobic comments

I wouldn't judge ANYONE or comment on what was "supposedly" said by McDowell. We don't know what happended or what words was exchanged. Comparing him or the Braves orginazation&n
bsp;to what John Rocker says in ignorant.

The facts will come out til then just keep silly comments off the boards and spread rumors around. Just what the media and CBS wants.


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