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|Atlanta Braves coach suspended two weeks without pay for anti-gay slurs|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|May 01, 2011 12:55|
Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell was suspended today for two weeks without pay and fined an undisclosed amount and will also undergo sensitivity training after he was accused of shouting anti-gay slurs at San Francisco Giants fans last weekend. Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution broke the news today.
"Certainly, nobody was coming to McDowell’s defense Sunday. Even team president John Schuerholz said, 'We are clearly disappointed in Roger’s remarks and actions and the Atlanta Braves organization does not tolerate that kind of behavior.'”
"McDowell also will be required to participate in a sensitivity training program as a part of the discipline stemming from this matter. McDowell, who had requested last week to apologize directly to the fans involved in the incident, will do so now that the investigation has been completed. The fan involved, Justin Quinn, will be invited along with his family to attend a future San Francisco Giants game as guests of Major League Baseball. In addition, MLB will reach out to education programs that aim to promote tolerance and sensitivity.
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig added, "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.'"
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