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McDowell suspended for two weeks

Posted on: May 1, 2011 1:16 pm
Edited on: May 1, 2011 2:46 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell has been suspended for two weeks without pay and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball for an incident that occurred April 23 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The suspension is retroactive to April 29, when McDowell was placed on administrative leave by the Braves.

On April 23 , when the Braves were on the road to play the Giants, McDowell asked a group of male fans, "are you a homo couple or a threesome" while also using a baseball bat to simulate a sexual act. When Justin Quinn -- a father who had two nine-year-old girls with him -- noted to McDowell he didn't approve, McDowell said "kids don't [expletive deleted] belong at the baseball park" and then grabbed a bat and said "how much are your teeth worth."

Commissioner Bud Selig released the following statement:
 
"Major League Baseball is a social institution that brings people together and welcomes all individuals of different races, religions, genders, national origins and sexual orientations into its ballparks. Conduct by people associated with MLB that shows insensitivity to others simply cannot and will not be tolerated. I understand that Mr. McDowell is very contrite about his conduct, and hopefully this incident will be used to increase public awareness of the importance of sensitivity to others. I commend Justin Quinn and his family for bringing this issue to our attention so that it will not happen again in the future.”

As Selig alluded to, McDowell did apologize. He's also expressed desire to meet Quinn and his family and personally apologize.

"I understand the decision made today by the commissioner," McDowell said in a statement Sunday. "I am embarrassed by my actions and I plan to give a personal apology to Mr. Quinn and his family. I would also like to offer a public and heartfelt apology to the fans of San Francisco, to the Atlanta Braves organization, my family and to Major League Baseball."

Braves president John Schuerholz said the team supports Selig's decision. "We were clearly disappointed in Roger's remarks and actions and the Atlanta Braves organization does not tolerate that kind of behavior," Schuerholz said. "The Atlanta Braves organization and Roger McDowell deeply regret that this incident occurred and again apologize to all involved, including Mr. Quinn and his family, and the San Francisco Giants and their fans."

Quinn seemed happy with the decision.

"I am pleased to see Major League Baseball imposing discipline on Coach McDowell for his actions," Quinn said, in a statement released by his attorney Gloria Allred. "I love baseball dearly and my family and I are now looking forward to getting back to the ballpark for another game."

Allred also noted the disciplinary measures "demonstrate that Major League Baseball believes that homophobic slurs, sexually lewd conduct and threatening behavior by coaches or any other person employed at a game in the major league will not be tolerated."

As part of McDowell's punishment, he will also be required to take part in a sensitivity training program. Braves minor league pitching coordinator Dave Wallace will serve as the pitching coach with McDowell away.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:38 pm
 

McDowell suspended for two weeks

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 5:27 pm
 

McDowell suspended for two weeks

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Since: Apr 15, 2010
Posted on: May 2, 2011 6:45 pm
 

McDowell suspended for two weeks

  I guess if he did this in front of your kids KLM that you would want something done.
I would have dished it right back and stuck up for my kids and show them there father can protect them. Not be a pansie and tuck my balls in between my legs and run to Gloria Allred. But hey that's me not a internet preacher who comes on here and tells everyone what's right and wrong and how to be a perfect citizen



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2011 4:06 pm
 

McDowell suspended for two weeks

You make no sense!  How is this about Larry Dumbrow and not Roger McDowell.  He did this in front of kids and threatened violence.  In the real world this would cause you to go to jail and lose your job.  But since he is a professional baseball coach he gets off, just like the celebrities who have a DUI and get off with a slap on the wrist because they are famous and have money.  The world is surely going in the wrong direction if we can't have our kids free from such hateful and violence at a baseball game, which btw is for all people; even kids.  Who will be the next generation of fans?  If not the kids baseball will die.  I guess if he did this in front of your kids KLM that you would want something done.



Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2011 3:49 pm
 

McDowell suspended for two weeks

and for all who are saying he is an embarrassment to baseball and should be run out of the sport . . . i'm sure you would think differently had it been the pitching coach of your favorite team, he said sorry, he shouldn't have said it, but he is still a good baseball coach 


If this were Bryan Price of the Cincinnati Reds I would want him to do the right thing and resign. There is no room in sports for these kind of comments good coach or not! If I would have said that to someone at my place of employment I would have been fired NO QUESTIONS asked!



Since: Jun 24, 2007
Posted on: May 2, 2011 2:55 pm
 

McDowell suspended for two weeks

I know he should be booted from baseball for that remark



Since: Jun 16, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2011 2:43 pm
 

McDowell suspended for two weeks

Baseball is entertainment, pure and simple.  If you are part of the team, guess what, you are an entertainer.  People pay their hard earned bucks to be entertained.  They played a game in SanFransisco, they were there to entertain the Giants fans, fans who's patronage and alliegence help create and environment whereby this guy gets paid a damn good wage.  Fans yell, they heckle, but if the average guy who grinds out a living in the real world were to consider the money, then consider the fact that to get it you would have to put up with some drunk guys yelling at you for 81 days out of the year, I think we would be OK with it.  Most of us put up with it watching a game at the local sports bar.  Can this moron and see how he fares out in the non-MLB world as a short tempered homophobe.  High School or college coaching job?  Yeah, it's not like they're laying people off left and right, a politically incorrect dinosaur is just what they're looking for.



Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: May 2, 2011 2:19 pm
 

McDowell suspended for two weeks

and for all who are saying he is an embarrassment to baseball and should be run out of the sport . . . i'm sure you would think differently had it been the pitching coach of your favorite team, he said sorry, he shouldn't have said it, but he is still a good baseball coach 



Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: May 2, 2011 2:15 pm
 

McDowell suspended for two weeks

all i can say is GO BRAVES, beating the giants and homosexuality all in 1 series!!!!



Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: May 2, 2011 2:13 pm
 

McDowell suspended for two weeks

Yes he has the right to say anything he wants in certain arenas.... you don't walk into your employer's office, call him a fag and parade around work threatening other employees or clients.  Employers can determine what he says if it's in the realm in which he is paid.  So, McDoweel can't just speak his mind, jokingly or not if it costs MLB their patronage.  You need to grow up a bit.


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