McDowell keeps job, suspended for two weeks

Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell was suspended for two weeks without pay for inappropriate conduct toward fans before an April 23 game at San Francisco,  allegedly including anti-gay slurs and sexually suggestive comments.

McDowell was also fined an undisclosed amount and will be required to participate in sensitivity training. The penalties were announced Sunday by Major League Baseball.

“Conduct by people associated with MLB that shows insensitivity to others simply cannot and will not be tolerated,” Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement.

There had been speculation McDowell, 50, might lose his job over the incident, and the Braves didn’t say before Sunday whether that was being considered. He was placed on administrative leave Friday. The suspension is retroactive to Friday.

“I want to reiterate that we are deeply concerned when we heard about the accusations regarding Roger,” Braves president John Schuerholz said in a statement, “and we took our investigation very seriously to investigate all the facts. We agree with the discipline that the commissioner has handed down.

“We were clearly disappointed in Roger’s remarks and actions and the Atlanta Braves organization does not tolerate that kind of behavior.”

Giants fan Justin Quinn, 33, issued a complaint against McDowell after an incident during batting practice before the Braves-Giants game at AT&T Park.

Quinn, 33, hired celebrity attorney Glorida Allred, who had a press conference at her Los Angeles office on Wednesday. Quinn accused McDowell of saying, “Are you a homo couple or a threesome?” to fans who were sitting in the left-field seats, and of simulating a sex act with a baseball bat.

Quinn, seated nearby with his 9-year-old twin daughters, said he asked McDowell to clean up his language in front of children.

Allred said McDowell responded by saying “Kids don’t [expletive] belong at the baseball park.” (Another fan sent a letter to MLB two days after the incident that corroborated much of what Quinn said, although this fan claimed McDowell said that kids belonged in the upper deck, not down near the field.)

Quinn also claimed that McDowell walked toward him in a threatening manner, holding a bat, and asked him, “How much are your teeth worth?”

McDowell has not been available to the media since the story broke on Wednesday. He said in a statement issued Sunday, “I understand the decision made today by the Commissioner. I am embarrassed by my actions and I plan to give a personal apology to Mr. Quinn and his family. I would also like to offer a public and heartfelt apology to the fans of San Francisco, to the Atlanta Braves organization, my family and to Major League Baseball.”

Braves minor league pitching coordinator Dave Wallace will continue as interim pitching coach until McDowell returns.

“It’s tough when you lose a very important part of your coaching staff, but Dave Wallace is very competent,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “We’ll get through it. We’ll get through it as a team and an organization, and it may … build us together.”

McDowell is the first Brave suspended for inflammatory remarks since John Rocker after Rocker’s 1999 bigoted comments in a Sports Illustrated article. Rocker was fined $20,000 by Major League Baseball and suspended for a month, but sanctions were reduced to a $500 fine and a two-week suspension by an arbitrator.

Schuerholz was general manager of the Braves at the time of the Rocker incident.

“The Atlanta Braves organization prides itself on being one that values integrity, diversity, professionalism and respect,” Schuerholz said Sunday. “We are looking forward to putting this incident behind us and have the focus on the team be back on the playing field.”

Quinn and his family will be invited to attend a future game in San Francisco as guests of MLB.

“I understand that Mr. McDowell is very contrite about his conduct, and hopefully this incident will be used to increase public awareness of the importance of sensitivity to others,” Selig said. “I commend Justin Quinn and his family for bringing this issue to our attention so that it will not happen again in the future.”

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Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

May 1st, 2011
1:28 pm

Go Braves, put this behind us. One today and move on.

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

May 1st, 2011
1:29 pm

Oops, “Win one today”

Honest Ingine

May 1st, 2011
1:33 pm

Not gay, but happy its done, let’s move on…

Braves fan

May 1st, 2011
1:38 pm

Boy that was a big deal….Two weeks vacation. BQ @ Billy Jacks and big welcome back from players. Should have been fired. MLB don’t need that crap !

ADR

May 1st, 2011
1:40 pm

Lets play baseball and get back to the professional team this has always been!!!

Bobby

May 1st, 2011
1:40 pm

I am gay, as well as a Braves fan, and happy it’s done also. The punishment seems appropriate and all concerned can move on now.

dawgsfan1990

May 1st, 2011
1:41 pm

Enter your comments here

Coach (2011 Fredi G. a Go!)

May 1st, 2011
1:42 pm

McDowell deserves to keep his job, however the punishment is disingenuous at best. It’s a slap on the wrist and McDowell deserved worse punishment.

reckingball

May 1st, 2011
1:43 pm

I hope that satisfies all of the injured parties, and the disgruntled fans. But as I can see some people want blood.
If a man makes a sincere apology, I can accept it, I don’t know why the lynch mob wants to hang the man.

Easy Time

May 1st, 2011
1:44 pm

two weeks pay? that’s chump change for mcdowell–he has millions.

MaSSaHH

May 1st, 2011
1:45 pm

i guess lowe is still on alcohol today

BravesFAN

May 1st, 2011
1:48 pm

This team is an embarrassment!!!!!!! They’re a fu*king joke!!!!!!

Biff Pocoroba

May 1st, 2011
1:49 pm

Lowe could have killed someone and he still gets to pitch today and cost the Braves another game. I guess he is lucky he didn’t get drunk in a gay bar and yell at someone or then he might have actually gotten in trouble. People were upset when the Marlins dumped Fredi but they sure have played a lot better ball than the Braves since thn. Maybe it is just a coincidence.

SuperFan

May 1st, 2011
1:50 pm

He told some whiny sensitive gay sf fans off…what’s the big deal?!

Braves fan

May 1st, 2011
1:50 pm

Lowe must still have hang-over 3 runs in 1st….is game out? Braves don’t score more than 3 or 4 runs a game. right? When will this crap stop. Its time for a Win!

The Abs Man

May 1st, 2011
1:51 pm

Today Fat Fredi plays The Beaver @ first base: Jerry Mathers….No wait, that’s JOE Mathers.

Joe isn’t as good as The Beaver.

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BravesFAN

May 1st, 2011
1:51 pm

they play like sh*t, pitchers getting DUIs, coaches threatening to stomp fans teeth out and making homophobic slurs, on top of that they’re about to get swept AT HOME!!!!! It’s embarrassing to be a fan of the Atlanta Braves nowadays…

Bobby

May 1st, 2011
1:51 pm

@Easy Time; from my standpoint I’m quite happy with the announcement by MLB and the Braves that conduct such as what happened in San Francisco will not be tolerated in the future. We also don’t know how much of a fine McDowell is having to pay but certainly the punishment at least make some people think of their actions before acting them out.

Brave New World

May 1st, 2011
1:54 pm

If Lowe keeps letting the Cards score runs today, he’s likely to see another day ruined by “boos.”

BravesFAN

May 1st, 2011
1:55 pm

Nice well atleast the cards pitcher came ready to pitch!!! Struck out the side Woooooooo the embarrassment continues!!!! To think I’ve wasted money to watch these bums this year…

Get em on..Get em over... Get em home

May 1st, 2011
1:56 pm

I have a thought. How about the Braves fly out Mr. Quinn and his two 9 year old daughters during a summer stand with the Giants, treat them to a club box and all expenses paid trip. Have McDowell offer to give his apologies at the clubhouse and give the young girls a tour with Mr. Quinn. I think this would show just how much the organization and McDowell are sincere with their remorse of the situation. This might also cool the jets of the lawyer they hired as well.

bravelouisa

May 1st, 2011
1:57 pm

why is Lowe pitching today? He was racinhg another driver which could have been deadly. arrested for DUI and is allowed to pitch? something is wrong……guess he’ll mis a round in the rotation AFTER today.
this is wrong and sends a bad message to young people about drinking and driving.
McDowell gets basically a slap on the wrist and Lowe? so far nothing. don’t understand.
tell me why, DOB.

In Fredi I Am Losing Trust

May 1st, 2011
1:57 pm

This team is a joke. They choke away two games in a row, then give up 3 runs in the first today. This is the tail of 2 teams, they either play great, or completely suck. Lately they have completely sucked. I am losing hope with this team.

Poon

May 1st, 2011
1:59 pm

Should have hired Ned Yost..end of story

GreatATLGuy

May 1st, 2011
2:00 pm

Superfan, you’re a fool and living in the 1950s… Gay slurs are absolutely not acceptable under any circumstances, he might as well have used the N word, it’s the same difference…. McDowell should be suspended for the rest of the season if not fired.

Braves FAn

May 1st, 2011
2:00 pm

If It was a Usher, ticket taker. are some other “little person” who did what McDowell did..THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED> just saying.

para brave

May 1st, 2011
2:01 pm

Somebody give DL a stiff one Quick. Heck for that matter how about one for the entire team.

In Fredi I Am Losing Trust

May 1st, 2011
2:02 pm

McCann should throw Lowe back a beer instead of a ball. This team is going down in flames fast. With off field BS like Lowe to sexual profiling with McDowell, to lackluster play on the field. This team is the poster child of dysfunctional.

para brave

May 1st, 2011
2:04 pm

Poon, didn’t the Royals beat us to the punch with Ned. And look how they are doing.

BravesFAN

May 1st, 2011
2:04 pm

I’m with you In Fredi I’m losing trust this team is an absolute joke!!! I swear I’m embarrassed to tell ppl I’m a Braves fan…

BravesFAN

May 1st, 2011
2:06 pm

who wants to bet this team struggles to score more than one flipping run today???????

straight but notnarrow

May 1st, 2011
2:06 pm

sticks n stones will break my bones, but gerbils, i mean san fran fans really excite me. mommy, somebody called me a bad name, the wussification of america…………………..

Fidel

May 1st, 2011
2:08 pm

Let the law take care of Derek Lowe. None of you (law enforcement and commercial drivers excluded) gets fired or suspended from work if you get a DUI when not at work and when it doesn’t affect your attendance. Why should Lowe be punished by his employer?

para brave

May 1st, 2011
2:08 pm

Bravesfan, who wants to bet the stands will be empty by the 5th. If your watching there are more Cards fans than Braves at the game.

Tony

May 1st, 2011
2:09 pm

Get rid of McDowell. Anyone who behaves this way in public has issues. The Braves will be sorry down the road if they don’t get rid of him now. Who in the world makes those comments and actions in front of children?!?! If I did this at work, I’d be gone and understandingly so.

KingToeNail

May 1st, 2011
2:10 pm

Lowe put the lives of all the families that are paying to see him today at risk during his inexcusable behavior. Why would you pay to see someone who could not care less about the lives of others?

Biff Pocoroba

May 1st, 2011
2:10 pm

Rodrigo Lopez, Mike Minor, and Julio Teheran have all looked good at Gwinnett. It is time to bring one of them up and try and dump Lowe and his enourmous contract. Management’s decision to give huge contracts to Lowe and Kawakami is killing them now. They have tried to load up on pitching and now have no hitting in Atlanta or in the minor league system. Fredi and Frank are leading this team right back to the late 80s.

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

May 1st, 2011
2:12 pm

Lets focus on Braves baseball.

bvillebaron

May 1st, 2011
2:13 pm

I for one thought that the punishment more than fit the crime. Time to move on folks!

Largo

May 1st, 2011
2:15 pm

I’m watching the game, I don’t know why. It was over in the first inning. I’ll bet these guys sure hate to show up in public to sign autographs.

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

May 1st, 2011
2:15 pm

For those that want to whine, complain, and be negative, there is enough of that on the field today — we are down 3-0 to the pesky Card’s.

Big Mike 42

May 1st, 2011
2:17 pm

I am not a Braves fan, although I attend games. I have witnessed Braves security, and others, treating their fans in a rude fashion in the past. This second rate coach should have been terminated for this type of outrageous behavior and the Braves are happy with a suspension. This is typical, a slap on the wrist. I hope Gloria Allred makes this punk’s life hell.

Lila

May 1st, 2011
2:17 pm

Was McDowell drunk when he did this? Who in their right mind would say that kids don’t belong at the game, or attempt to threaten someone with a bat, if that person didn’t physically attack him first. McDowell may have some issues that need to be addressed.

GreatATLGuy

May 1st, 2011
2:18 pm

Agree with ToeNail, Lowe should go too…. players and coaches should be held to higher standards and be role models for kids and families that help pay their salaries… Lowe could afford a taxi home….. What a dopey jock, can his A** along with Jackass McDowell.

Braves FAn

May 1st, 2011
2:18 pm

Go watch the game Billy and enjoy a great BQ….take a break from blog

Fidel

May 1st, 2011
2:19 pm

Lila, read the articles – there is some discrepancy around what he said about kids at the ballpark.

O-me

May 1st, 2011
2:20 pm

Lowe gets 14 million..not easy to fire.

Mama

May 1st, 2011
2:21 pm

WHAT would the late Celestine Sibley have made of this story??? I sure miss her. has McDowell always been scum or is this a new development. Fire the jerk. He has also said kids should not be at ball parks. EXCUSE ME?

Yetanotherbayareabravesfan

May 1st, 2011
2:27 pm

The Braves should also invite them to a game in Atlanta all expenses paid as a guest of MLB.

Brave New World

May 1st, 2011
2:29 pm

Get em on..Get em over… Get em home May 1st, 2011 1:56 pm
I have a thought. How about the Braves fly out Mr. Quinn and his two 9 year old daughters during a summer stand with the Giants, treat them to a club box and all expenses paid trip. Have McDowell offer to give his apologies at the clubhouse and give the young girls a tour with Mr. Quinn. I think this would show just how much the organization and McDowell are sincere with their remorse of the situation. This might also cool the jets of the lawyer they hired as well.

And for an added touch, we could have Derek Lowe pick them up and drop them off at Hartsfield.

Don

May 1st, 2011
2:31 pm

I could really care less that we pissed off some sensitive SF Fans. Go Braves

Reverie

May 1st, 2011
2:33 pm

The offended fans would have a lot more credibility if they had simply called the Giants or the Braves and complained. Clearly they are more interested in fame and fortune. Really, hiring Gloria Allred as your mouthpiece reveals the $$$ in their eyes.

VA Braves Fan

May 1st, 2011
2:35 pm

Thank you to the Atlanta Braves for not caving in to the pressure of the media making a big deal out of something that shouldn’t be. Anyone who has seen the video of Gloria Allred and loser dad Justin Quinn can plainly see that these two idiots are out for a payday.

Hopefully we can get back to playing better baseball now.

Mike

May 1st, 2011
2:39 pm

Tell it like it is Roger.

Dawg'88

May 1st, 2011
2:39 pm

Big Mike 42…good thing you won’t be at the pearly gates to be anyone’s judge. I suppose that you are a sinnless, perfect example of a man? Yeah right…. The fact that you would want Gloria Alldred to do anything that you would support says all I need to know about you. She is a publicity hound and ambulance chaser at best. She would not know right from wrong if it bit her on the bum.

2nd rate coach? Yeah…he’s only turnaround a staff to make it the 2nd or 3rd best in the NL. Yep…he’s 2nd rate. He is getting just punishment for his comments…why can’t you leave it at that. 2 guys make fools of themselves and the whole Braves organization is bad. Please go look up the community involvement by the players and management before you spew hate yourself. You have no facts to support your insinuation that the whole organization is like this because of “security” and their “treament of fans”?

Its obvious that you’re not a Braves fan. Your diatribe has hate for the Braves written all over it no matter what happened with Mcdowell or Lowe. This organization is top notch and your misinformed rant just sounds like your jealous of that fact. 2 missteps don’t change that. Now keep coming out to games…goes into the Braves coffers….Thanks! Non-Braves fan!

Jim

May 1st, 2011
2:40 pm

As a parent and grandparent,I am appalled at McDowell’s comments. I do not want my grandsons or my grand daughter to hear some coach talking like that or as the original report stated – “making sexually obscene gestures” with a bat. And I certainly do not need my family having some coach threatening to knock some teeth out. If this happened at Belk or Sears, this guy would be fired so fast he would not know what hit him. Shame on you Braves from a father and grand father.

Braves Fan & father of three small children

May 1st, 2011
2:44 pm

I’m truly disgusted at McDowell’s actions in front of children, and then having the audacity to say children shouldn’t attend baseball games.

I’m disappointed in the punishment McDowell received today. I will counter by not spending another cent at Turner Field until McDowell is gone from the organization.

Derek Lowe-ded

May 1st, 2011
2:46 pm

I could use a drink the way the Cardinals are hitting me today !

I wish my teammates could provide some offense!

GreatATLGuy

May 1st, 2011
2:54 pm

Agree with Big Mike…. second rate coach is correct. The whole package is what counts, and McDowell’s integrity as a person should count as much as his coaching ability. He is just another homophobic bully has-been of a jock. The family he harassed should get some money, they were traumatized by this bully and Gloria is the right person for the job, she is bullied by nobody! I bet if McD had used the N word he would never work again anywhere!!

Scott

May 1st, 2011
2:54 pm

Professional sports needs to require that its employees act like true sportsmen. A two-week slap on the wrist – if that is all that happenss – sends the “aw, shucks” message that seem prevalent with teams these days. It is time to stop acting “shocked” and hoping that it all gets swept under the run with an afterthought apology.

Ricket

May 1st, 2011
2:57 pm

Why, if the act was so scarring and dangerous for children to see, would you REENACT it not just once, but TWICE in front of the kids and repeat the very same things that were said? This troll Justin just trolled the Braves and their entire fan base. He did it for the publicity and the 15 minutes of fame. “Oh boohoo, look at me and my poor family. Here’s the explicit act two more times, just in case my daughters never saw it the first time.” Just look at the girl on the left as she tries not to crack up when they repeat what was supposedly said. This guy Justin Quinn should go to sensitivity training instead and realize what an idiot he made himself look like. What in the heck was the purpose of taking tons of pictures and re-doing this act WHILE THE KIDS JUST SAT THERE?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKTSiH4bDtY#t=45s <~ Just watch as the girl on the left tries to keep from laughing!

DERP DERP DERP

count_schemula

May 1st, 2011
2:58 pm

I have a hard time believing the part about Roger saying kids don’t belong at the ballpark.

David O'Brien

May 1st, 2011
3:15 pm

Sherrill strikes out pitcher Garcia as Braves work out of bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the 6th, trail 4-3

Disgusted

May 1st, 2011
3:20 pm

Plain, pure, and simple – McDowell should have lost his job. I hope Gloria Allred makes the rest of his professional coaching life absolute pure misery. He does not deserve any better than that.

wpww dawg

May 1st, 2011
3:23 pm

DIVERSITY… The FALL of AMERICA!!!

David O'Brien

May 1st, 2011
3:24 pm

O’Flaherty in for Braves to start 7th

Atlanta = San Fran East

May 1st, 2011
3:26 pm

Oooo, ain’t that sweet; we value “diversity”

That’s good to know. Now, Can someone pass me the tofu pate’ and a glass of white zinfidel?

wpww dawg

May 1st, 2011
3:26 pm

The HOMO’s provoke him by talking Sh!^ then cry when he gives it back to them. Shouldn’t be suspended at all!!! That is the Liberal Left! P#$$^$!

wpww dawg

May 1st, 2011
3:29 pm

Jim you typical white COWARD if that were to happen at Belks You would turn and walk away… Instead of putting him in his place… the Ground!

HCCynic

May 1st, 2011
3:32 pm

I think that guy Quinnn should be required to prove that McDowell is wrong if he wants to collect a check off of his legal filing.

May I suggest he be required to sleep with Gloria?

Should things now work as they should, I think the Court should rule McDowell was right.

Tom Haynes

May 1st, 2011
3:34 pm

I’m gay and took offense to McDowell’s comments. The punishment was not severe enough.

Ryan

May 1st, 2011
3:36 pm

We’d be better off to put our bullpen on suspension and keep McDowell on. Hey, make him the hitting coach too, at least he picked up the bat and acted like he was going to swing it. More than I can say for our line up.

GreatATLGuy

May 1st, 2011
3:49 pm

Hey Dawg, we don’t care how Red you are, you are welcome in ATL any time you want to spend your money here to support our Hedonist lifestyles. If you don’t know what that means, you might want to consider going to college, but you will need to get your GED first. Love ya mean it

S. Redouet

May 1st, 2011
3:55 pm

Should have been fired. He is a disgrace to the Brave Organization, to all baseball fans, and MLB. And even if he does all the apologizing he can and is expected to do – we all know he meant every word of what he said, and understand perfectly the hidden biogotry behind his so called “clown like” disposition. You haven’t fooled anyone McDowell, but you’ve ruined your character for life. Have happy day – and good luck to that family of yours too who will now be ridiculed and seen differently as well.

Darryl Blackberry

May 1st, 2011
4:01 pm

McDowell should only have been fired if he weren’t doing his job effectively — would’ve made a great excuse to bid him adios. But I guess the Braves think he’s doing quite well with this young pitching staff, ’cause two weeks ain’t nothing but a slap on the wrist with a wet noodle.

Boca Baby

May 1st, 2011
4:06 pm

At least he didn’t call them “Christians”. This would have been the most reprehensible slur he could have uttered in SF.

UGADawg83

May 1st, 2011
4:12 pm

Moral high horses are amazing and very selective. McDowell and Rocker say something someone doesn’t like and they get fined and suspended and have folks calling for their scalp. Chipper Jones fathers children out of wedlock while being married himself and nothing is said. I suppose its worse to say the wrong thing than do the wrong thing. There is something backwards about that.

Poon

May 1st, 2011
4:14 pm

I’m tired of a certain sector of the population constantly telling the world of their sexual preferences…who f-in cares? Play ball

Taudawg

May 1st, 2011
4:22 pm

Pretty stupid suspension. Have we become so stupid that an argument between to adults escalates into a news item? An apology would have done the job.

Grown men cuss all the time. The man should have gone to the Braves and asked them to have Roger apologize for the words.

And I guess I have to ask. If one promotes being gay, why is gay a bad word?

Grown men cannot have an altercation of words due to the political monster that is controlling our lives.

Jim

May 1st, 2011
4:25 pm

He did nothing wrong. San Fran people are wimps. Go cry somewhere else not at the ball park.

amy

May 1st, 2011
4:29 pm

wpww dawg

Do Atlanta a favor and stay inside your trailor park

NO MORE BOBBY

May 1st, 2011
4:30 pm

This makes us look like the racist organization everyone thinks we are. A classy team like Yankees or Red Sox would have fired the loser. What happened to the class Braves used to have?

Lefty

May 1st, 2011
4:30 pm

Sticks and stones…blah blah blah, but racing under the influence of alcohol is perfectly fine? I couldn’t care less what McDowell SAID, but Derek Lowe racing his car around town while drunk is a whole lot more serious to me. If it isn’t to you, you must be some sort of #@&. Get over it! Words are just words.

TPM

May 1st, 2011
4:38 pm

Kids don’t belong at the ballpark? Say What? Is that the Braves new marketing campaign?

MikeY

May 1st, 2011
4:43 pm

McDowell may face criminal charges in SF. Threatening to knock out a fan’s teeth w/ a baseball bat is converying a threat, may even be a felony. May all come down to whether Quinn wants to press charges.

Go Braves!

May 1st, 2011
4:45 pm

Roger , this is big brother, please report for reeducation.

If the fans had been the ones who said it, this wouldn’t even be a story. No lawyers hired, no press conferences. Players have obscene stuff said to them at the park all the time. Granted Roger shouldn’t have responded.

Next time Roger just call them crackers ,honkies, or rednecks since straight white people are still allowed to be called names without repercussions.

Cap tipper

May 1st, 2011
4:46 pm

@No More Bobby: “Gay” is not a race. It is a life style. Period. Being anti-gay is not racism. I never heard of a country or race named “Gay”. Gay people need to get over themselves and stop flaunting their life style. You don’t see straight people flaunting their life style with “Straight Pride Parades” and the like. Just live your life and leave those of us that don’t live your life style out of it. I’ll accept what I want to accept. Nothing more, nothing less.

chris

May 1st, 2011
4:51 pm

Got to love Bud Selig that he’s thankful Quinn “brought this to the attention of MLB”….I just wander what language and talk Mr. Quinn’s children hear at school in SF?..Not condining.Roger who without doubt should have kept his mouth shut and watched his language around the nine year old, but it just seems strange that within 24 hours of this, all these witnesses start screaming, then Gloria ALred is acting like the world ended because a baseball coach used profanity which by some reports may or may not have happened. Either way, the Qunns got their five minutes in the sun, Roger gets the suspension they were crying for and Bud Selig can act self-righteously for a day and act like some Messiah to the world that he saved poor Mr. Quinn from a swearing pitching coach. Roger, serve the two weeks and get back on the field and help Kimbrel get it back together after a rough series. The fans cant’ have it both ways; they seek autographs, want the players to talk to em then when the players make a mistake the fans act like they’ve been wronged..the media as well. If Roger had walked by the Quinns who had requested an autograph and he didnt say anything and snubbed them they’d crucified him for that too; no win. Why has baseball like everything else become more than just a game we used to enjoy but a place where you can’t say anything any more or joke around and not get whacked by some light skinned person looking to get offended if you look the wrong way at em?. Pathetic. Makes you wander what would have happened if the Giants would have been the ones with the sweep instead of the Braves?? just saying.

bigD

May 1st, 2011
5:12 pm

Political correctness strikes again. This is baseball people, where players scratch and spit and cuss and a whole lot more. If who don’t like the atmosphere of a game then stay home. Next someone will manage to outlaw spitting by players because it’s a bad influence on they’re little sh@ts.

l jones

May 1st, 2011
5:12 pm

McDowell’s behavior was stupid & weird, but I have to wonder about this Quinn guy. You hire a celebrity lawyer, hold a press conference & have your 7 year old daughters sitting at the table with you (one of them posing as if she’s praying?). This guy’s a piece of work.

Bosnianballer

May 1st, 2011
5:19 pm

Great news on McDowell but how come they never said exactly what he did with the bat during the incident.Sounds like it was pretty funny

john scott

May 1st, 2011
5:20 pm

What was he thinking? Does he need to be on “meds” or did he not take them. How can one person be so insensitive when children are around? I cannot believe his behavior.

Pete*

May 1st, 2011
5:32 pm

bigD: “Political correctness strikes again. This is baseball people, where players scratch and spit and cuss and a whole lot more. If who don’t like the atmosphere of a game then stay home.”
Without question, maybe the dumbest comment of the last 2-3 years. Do you work for a company? If so, try this: go offend some of your customers with stupid comments, and see what happens to you. Make sure and tell them that if they dont like what you said or how you act, they should go find someone else to give their $.

D-Dawg

May 1st, 2011
5:49 pm

I’m gay, but I don’t see the big deal. Besides, baseball isn’t a game for Sodmomites.

Playoffs!!!!

May 1st, 2011
5:53 pm

Roger McDowell must be a helluva pitching coach. I’m not saying he should be fired, but only 2 weeks?? Let’s see, he:
1) Made anti-gay slurs
2) Made an obscene gesture with a baseball bat.
3) Then made veiled physical threats against a man, and approached with the bat in his hand (all this in front of his children)]
4) Made the comment that f-ing kids don’t belong at a baseball game (again in front of the children).
And he only gets a 2 week suspension. Bud Selig said he was troubled by this behavior and it would not be tolerated, he said
But his actions show he wasn’t troubled all that much. And, of course, actions speak louder than words

DLink

May 1st, 2011
5:54 pm

I thought, “What if this happened in a classroom full of kids?” Then, I thought, “What’s the other side of this coin?

The other side of the coin:
This isn’t a little league baseball game. The vast majority of Americans couldn’t afford to take their kids to a major league ball-game nowadays. So, what you get are a bunch of drunk and rowdy adults screaming epithets at the players with nary a bouncer in sight. And the one guy with kids who can afford a lawyer named Allred.

The problem isn’t a player or a coach having to lash back against the horrible things coming in from the crowd. It’s the lack of children being able to afford tickets to the game, which would check the conduct of many adults in the crowd. So, just perhaps, crowd daddy could’ve headed off the whole thing by dealing with the raucous fellows in the stands so that somebody on the field wouldn’t be tempted to cast back at the stands (That’s happened BTW). That said, the coach should have known better as a professional. If the crowd throws eggs, work on singing better :)

Richard

May 1st, 2011
5:56 pm

BRAVES FAN you spoke to soon now take your foot out of your mouth and shut up

GreatATLGuy

May 1st, 2011
6:02 pm

Dear Cap Tipper – gay is not a race, but it is a minority. You don’t have straight parades because you don’t have to… Gays have been mistreated forever and they deserve equality and all the benefits that married people get. When they come out they want to tell everyone because people like you have made them stay in the closet for so long. Your opinion is a total cliche’ – sounds like the opinion of every other ‘neck in Cumming (or wherever you live OTP)

Smiling Jack

May 1st, 2011
6:08 pm

BravesFan….you’re a non fan and your posts should be an embarressment to you, but I bet you’re to stupid to notice. Like it has been said, “you can’t fix stupid.” Take your money and spend it on yourself of whom you are truly a fan, not the Braves. Go Braves. You won one today! Next the Brewers!

Much Ado About (Almost) Nothing

May 1st, 2011
6:13 pm

Quinn, 33, hired celebrity attorney Gloria Allred…

That says it all. I don’t excuse McDowell, but the Quinns are just looking to cash in on this. Poor things, they must have been offended, and we all know what a crime that is.

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