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Coach Roger McDowell Suspended For 'Insensitive' Behavior


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

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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.

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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.

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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.


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