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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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46.

PETER LEE    

i'm sick of ***s crying about everything.

1168 days ago
47.

Harveys boyfriend    

I don't like hearing 'hateful' speech from anyone in public,so I do hope MLB "handles" this incident carefully and quickly and gets on with the game at hand.

1168 days ago
48.

the Seeker    

I live right across the street from citi field and have followed the Mets for years and always liked McDowell during his pitching career.Fck the Atlanta braves and the Yankees.

I have a tattoo of Lindsay Lohan on my ASS, you can see it if you lift up my ball sack.

1168 days ago
49.

Anya    

what a jerk

1168 days ago
50.

sean    

Did anybody else besides the "injured parties" hear these alleged gay slurs ?

1168 days ago
51.

frankentit    

He should gay marry Mike Vick in an act of contrition!

1168 days ago
52.

keen0bserver    

That's gay

1168 days ago
53.

Harveys boyfriend    

@rocky ,
I thought you left weeks ago b/c you did not like our new format(community comment section)??????????????????

How much you bench... big guy

1168 days ago
54.

Mark Proctor    

The only thing for sure is there are 2 sides to every story. Haven't heard Rogers's yet. Sounds like there is a basis and there is no room or need for this non-productive nonsense if true.

1168 days ago
55.

Truth    

GLADD says there is "no place for anti-gay remarks or violent threats in baseball".

Who put GLADD in charge of baseball? Who put GLADD in charge of everyone? GLADD can GFT.

They do that anyway.

1168 days ago
56.

rob    

Rocky - you are one angry man. Hate begets hate. You're probably some fat **** with little or no education (and a small d*c*!) Don't shoot the messenger. Harvey is only reporting the facts.

1168 days ago
57.

Rocky    

KOBE got fined millions for something simular last month. But by being white im sure this will just get swept under the rug

1168 days ago
58.

Harveys boyfriend    

hey nightingale,
as a Christian this disturbs me...Christianity isn't about making a show of your faith. It's about doing the right thing even if nobody's looking(among other things, salvation, etc). I don't understand what Mr. Lohan is trying to prove with all this.

Go dress up in your hobo disguise and con somebody for lunch money ......

1168 days ago
59.

TheMarshmallowMan    

Why the f uck would you insult fans that pay for your house, your car, your vacations. What a f ucking loon. I hope he goes bankrupt. These people that make millions have some f ucking nerve.

1168 days ago
60.

Dbuster    

Does anyone find it interesting that with thousands of fans in the stands at MLB game, no one has any video of this long winded, one sided story.....hm. I don't think we have all the facts or should I say any of the facts.

And for Yono a person that posted a comment about the threat he supposedly made about bashing in teeth with a bat. Wouldn't law enforcement investigate this accusation? I don't think we should look to Gloria for facts when it comes to just about anything.

1168 days ago
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