The coach in question is Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell — who allegedly targeted a group of male fans at San Francisco’s AT&T park last weekend … asking them, “Are you guys a homo couple or a threesome?”
This allegedly happened on Sunday. Allred contends that McDowell also made lewd gestures with a bat, and threatened one of the men — Justin Quinn — asking “how much do you think your teeth are worth?” As reported this morning, Quinn had his daughters with him at the time and, after the homophobic comments, McDowell said “kids don’t belong at the f***ing ballpark.” After this happened, Quinn complained to AT&T Park staff whom he said were “very attentive, and took it seriously.” He also filed a police report.
Quinn, his wife, and his daughters — twin nine-year-olds dressed in pink — were at today’s news conference, and Quinn and Allred reenacted the thing with the bat.
Allred said in the news conference that she wants baseball to fine McDowell and the Braves and is demanding that McDowell apologize to the fans who witnessed his alleged homophobic remarks. If what she says happened is true, I can’t think that Major League Baseball or the Braves would think that sufficient. This is the kind of thing that could and maybe should get McDowell fired.
Remember, oh, 25 minutes ago when I said there was nothing cool about the Braves? Yeah, that still holds, at least with respect to the pitching coach, at least if what Mr. Quinn is saying is true.
UPDATE: Major League Baseball has issued the following statement regarding the allegations:
“I was informed today that Roger McDowell, a coach of the Atlanta Braves, is being accused of engaging in highly inappropriate conduct toward fans at a game in San Francisco. Although I do not yet have all the factss regarding this incident, the allegations are very troubling to me. The Atlanta Braves have assured my office that they will immediately investigate the allegations, and report the results of the investigation to me. After I have all the facts, I will make a determination of how to proceed.”
In case it was not already clear: the allegations against McDowell are just that — allegations. It is wise for everyone to wait and hear his side of the story before coming to any conclusions about what, if anything, occurred that would require any sort of action, be it legal or disciplinary or whatever. That’s certainly what baseball seems to be doing.