Braves pitching coach receives 2 week suspension, fine over anti-gay remarks

Roger McDowell

Roger McDowell

Roger McDowell, the Atlanta Braves pitching coach who hurled homophobic remarks and threats at fans at a San Francisco ball game last weekend, has been suspended for two weeks without pay, announced Major League Baseball.

Roger McDowell

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball made the announcement Sunday, and also said McDowell will be fined an undisclosed amount for his inappropriate conduct.

“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,” said Commissioner Bud Selig, in a statement.

“Conduct by people associated with MLB that shows insensitivity to others simply cannot and will not be tolerated.”

McDowell allegedly made homophobic remarks, obscene gestures and threatened fans at baseball game in San Francisco on April 23, prompting a complaint by at least one spectator, Justin Quinn, who, along with his twin 9-year-old daughters, witnessed McDowell’s tirade.

In a statement Sunday, McDowell said, “I understand the decision made today by the Commissioner. I am embarrassed by my actions and I plan to give a personal apology to Mr. Quinn and his family.

McDowell also will be required to participate in a sensitivity training program.

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