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Atlanta Braves Coach Placed on 'Administrative Leave'

4/29/2011 12:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell has been placed on "administrative leave" -- after he allegedly hurled several gay slurs at male fans during a game in San Francisco last weekend.

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As we previously reported, a family of four -- including two 9-year-old girls -- went public with their accusations this week ... claiming McDowell made several homophobic remarks toward fans at AT&T Park ... and then mockingly proceeded to simulate gay sex with a baseball bat.

The father of the family claims he confronted McDowell -- who allegedly responded by approaching him with the bat, and saying, "How much are your teeth worth?"

McDowell has since apologized for the outburst -- but the Braves have suspended his coaching duties pending an investigation into the allegations.

UPDATE: GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios just released a statement, telling TMZ, “It remains to be seen whether the Atlanta Braves will take real disciplinary action and send a clear message that there is no place for anti-gay remarks or violent threats in baseball."



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george clooney    

Hey ZIPPER you were not first on this one

1273 days ago
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malibubarbie    

He's OUT!!!! Idiot, stupid thing to do!

1273 days ago
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Brooke    

More politically correctness run amok

1273 days ago
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Keiths Wife    

This coach was not too bright! Why would he go into a city that is all GAY, in a state that is ALL GAY or ILLEGAL and named a TRANSEXUAL WOMAN OF THE YEAR? They just do not listen....but I can assure you that GOD is and SF, GAYs, and the State of California will pay for it...very soon.

1273 days ago
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diogenes    

It is a shame that Allred has ruined another man, but McDowell should have represented his Team in a professional way.

1273 days ago
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Keiths Wife    

I have noticed the stench just flying on connecting flights. These people smell really bad. Not sure if they take baths ...gives me the willies. ewwwwwww

1273 days ago
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Sonja    

Why is he yelling at fans anyway? He is an idiot, that man paid for his family to be there and the couch has no business calling them names of any sort or threatening them. Screw him.. the whole sports world is grossly over paid and filled with morons like this guy who thinks he do whatever he wants.

1273 days ago
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Jim in Cali    

Lame.

1273 days ago
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electriczipper    

george clooney 9 minutes ago
Hey ZIPPER you were not first on this one
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decided to give someone else the honor

1273 days ago
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GB    

Fire McDowell. Administrative leave doesn't cut it.

1273 days ago
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anotherfnday    

The A on his hat stands for *******

1273 days ago
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Yono    

Excuse me BROOKE you freaking idiot... hut threatening to bash a man in the face with a baseball bat in front of his children at a professional baseball game is OK with you? You are fine with him threatening violence against someone because to complain would be POLITICAL CORRECTNESS RUN AMOK?! You are either VERY stupid or an extremely nasty excuse for a human being. We need less of people like you on this planet. Take the hint...

1273 days ago
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anotherfnday    

The A on his hat stands for A-S-S-H-O-L-E

1273 days ago
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HARRY NIPPLES, Jr.    

He deserves a truth award, not a suspension. He only stated what everyone already believes - if you are a man and you live in cal, esp SF, you are probably homosexual. Otherwise, you wouldn't live in cal.

1273 days ago
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Tammy    

He said in his apology that he was sorry for responding to *heckling* fans. Now, I don't know how anyone else heckles, but I say what I think will upset the person most and, clearly, Roger won because the ftaher ran to Gloria of Roger's heckling. I seriously think something needs to be done about the systematic removal of individual rights, especially by the homosexulas, in this country. There is no law that says you have to like homosexuals and there is a law about free speech. Hence, you can freely speak your dislike for homosexuals. This is total BS!!

1273 days ago
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