Yesterday, camera-loving attorney Gloria Allred asked us to stay tuned for word of a suit against a Major League Baseball coach accused of emitting homophobic slurs against fans. Today we have the full story.
During Saturday's game at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Coach Roger McDowell of the Atlanta Braves allegedly called out three Giants fans in the stands and said, "Are you a homo couple or a threesome?"
McDowell then reportedly made lewd gestures directed toward a different fan with a baseball bat.
Unfortunately for McDowell, Allred was seated in the stands with Giants fan Justin Quinn, who asked the Braves coach to watch what he said in front of children. McDowell's alleged eloquent response? “Kids don’t fucking belong at the baseball park.”
Through Allred, Quinn is asking for McDowell to be fined and subjected to sensitivity training. He also asked for an apology, which he (kind of) received today. Said McDowell, “I am deeply sorry that I responded to the heckling fans in San Francisco on Saturday. I apologize to everyone for my actions.”
The Atlanta Braves released a statement through a spokesperson who said, “This in no way represents the Braves organization and the conduct we expect of our employees. We will withhold further comments until we finish gathering information.”
GLAAD has also dipped its toes into the troubled waters and has released a statement reading, “McDowell’s apology is a start, but the Atlanta Braves and Major League Baseball must take real disciplinary action and send the message that anti-gay slurs have no place in sports.
“Professional sporting events should be an environment that all fans and families can enjoy, not a place where children are exposed to violent threats and discriminatory language.”