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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.


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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Harveys boyfriend    

I have researched this story after getting in a heated online debate about fair play, ethics and truth in reporting on gay issues.

I stand by my comments it was wrong for mr. McDowell to say those things in front of kids at a ballpark and to then threaten their father,way bad buddy ,baseball has a history of fostering anti- gay players and owners and that MUST end..

MLB do not alienate us....... WE ARE WATCHING AND WAITING.

1275 days ago


I'll bet half the fans in San Fran could take that bat with no problem. just sayin !!!

1275 days ago


Fire him there is no excuse for behaving like that in front of children and to the insults to homosexuals seriously dude your done. Hey hey hey good bye!

1275 days ago


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1002 days ago

peggi woodmansee    

omg, everything has to be so politically correct!!!!! so tired of the gay stuff, who has had an affair, etc., etc. why can't we talk about dan marino and his problem! besides being a great pitcher, roger had the best butt in baseball!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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