Atlanta Braves coach accused of hurling homophobic remarks at ball game

Atlanta Braves coach accused of hurling homophobic remarks at ball game
Roger McDowell

Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell has been accused of targeting a group of male fans at a Giants game in San Francisco last weekend, allegedly asking them, “Are you a homo couple or a threesome?”

According to TMZ, attorney Gloria Allred announced the allegations at a news conference on Wednesday.

Allred is representing Justin Quinn, who claims to have witnessed McDowell make homophobic remarks, and then use a baseball bat to simulate gay sex.

Quinn, 33, said he was in the bleachers with his twin 9-year-old girls daughters when McDowell unleashed the anti-gay comments at three men also in the bleachers.

McDowell allegedly grabbed a baseball bat and used his hand to make a gesture simulating sex, and asked the men if they were “giving it to each other up the ass?”

Quinn said he shouted: “Hey, there are kids here,” to which, he said, McDowell replied that “kids don’t fucking belong at a baseball park.” He said McDowell then picked up a bat and approached him, asking “How much are your teeth worth?”

Allred has contacted Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, asking that both McDowell and the Atlanta Braves be fined, and suggested that McDowell attend sensitivity training.

Update: McDowell has issued this statement: “I am deeply sorry that I responded to the heckling fans in San Francisco on Saturday. I apologize to everyone for my actions.”

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