Coach Roger McDowell Suspended For 'Insensitive' Behavior


May. 1 2011, Published 8:24 a.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to Email

By Radar Staff

Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell is going two weeks without pay as a result of his outrageous behavior against fans in San Francisco.

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball issued a statement Sunday saying that the League was suspending McDowell for two weeks without pay in connection with the April 23 incident. He is also ordered to take "sensitivity training" and to publicly apologize to the fans.

Article continues below advertisement

As reported, during pre-game batting practice at San Fran's AT&T Park, McDowell taunted three men who were sitting together, hurling gay slurs in their direction and simulating sex with a baseball bat.

When another fan, Justin Quinn, sitting nearby with his nine-year-old twin daughters, complained about McDowell's behavior, the coach went after him!  Holding the bat in a threatening manner, he asked Quinn how much his "teeth are worth" and told him "f***ing kids" didn't belong at the ballpark.

The Atlanta Braves put McDowell on administrative leave April 29.  It's unclear if or when he'll be invited back to the clubhouse.

The MLB statement noted that McDowell is "contrite" about his actions. The League has invited the Quinn family to attend another game in San Francisco as their guests.


Major League Error: Atlanta Coach Uses Gay Slurs, Threatens San Fran Fan

PHOTO: Ex-Major League Ballplayer Carl Everett Arrested -- See His Mug Shot


© Copyright 2022 Radar Media Group LLC. Radar and RadarOnline are registered trademarks. All Rights Reserved. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice.