Braves’ McDowell suspended for two weeks


Some might say that Atlanta Braves pitching coach, Roger McDowell, is fortunate that he was suspended, as opposed to termined from his job. McDowell, who enjoyed a 12 year major league career, found himself in hot water, when prior to an April 23rd game in San Francisco, he approached three men, who were sitting in the stands and asked them “Are you guys a homo couple or a threesome?” After that remark McDowell began making crude gestures with his hips and a baseball bat, which made a nearby fan named Justin Quinn shout “Hey there are kids out here.” Apparently McDowell commented that kids aren’t allowed in the ballpark, then while looking at Quinn, pointed the bat and said “How much are your teeth worth?” With so many sporting leagues now trying to be so fan friendly it’s a bit shocking that McDowell received only a two weeks suspension, along with being heavily fined and having to take a sensitivity course as his punishment. McDowell also must apologize to Quinn and his two nine year-old daughters. “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,” Selig said. “I commend Justin Quinn and his family for bringing this issue to our attention so that it will not happen again in the future.” To his credit McDowell apologized late last week for what he said and wants to right away apologize to Quinn and his family. Meanwhile, long time Braves president, John Schuerholz, expressed disappointment in McDowell’s actions and fully supported the penalty handed down by Bud Selig. “We were clearly disappointed in Roger’s remarks and actions and the Atlanta Braves organization does not tolerate that kind of behavior,” Schuerholz said. “The Atlanta Braves organization and Roger McDowell deeply regret that this incident occurred and again apologize to all involved, including Mr. Quinn and his family, and the San Francisco Giants and their fans.”


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