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|Braves coach Roger McDowell to talk publicly about anti-gay incident|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|May 13, 2011 13:01|
Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell is expected to speak out today about the recent incident where he allegedly shouted anti-gay slurs at San Francisco Giants fans and threatened a father.
A press conference was slated for 2 p.m. today at Turner Stadium. McDowell returns to the team today as the Braves take on the Philadelphia Phillies after a two-week suspension from Major League Baseball. McDowell was suspended after he was accused of shouting, “Are you a homo couple or a threesome?” at Giants fans on April 23. McDowell also allegedly used a baseball bat to simulate a sex act.
When a father, Justin Quinn, asked McDowell to watch his language in front of children, McDowell allegedly patted a baseball bat in his palm and asked, “How much are your teeth worth?”
Quinn made the accusation at a press conference with high-profile attorney Gloria Allred.
McDowell, who publicly apologized after was also ordered to pay an undisclosed fine and take sensitivity training.
Gay activists demanded the Braves and MLB take swift disciplinary action with Georgia Equality demanding local action from the team, including joining an effort to stop bullying in schools. The Braves are expected to meet with Georgia Equality Executive Director Jeff Graham sometime next week.
Top photo: Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell (via mlb.com)
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