|Roger McDowell/Courtesy: braves.mlb.com|
Why? Because apparently, while the Atlanta Braves pitching coach was in San Francisco with his team over the weekend, he got into an apparently heated exchange with a group of fans and made a rash of homophobic comments towards them.
According to profile chasing attorney Gloria Allred and the website TMZ, a story which developed earlier this afternoon. Said Allred; "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?"
It also appears that the group in question had a child with them. And McDowell apparently said to them: “Kids don’t belong at the f***ing ballpark.”. One of the men involved, Justin Quinn also said McDowell threatened his group with a bat.
For his part, McDowell issued an apology, saying..."I am deeply sorry that I reacted to the heckling fans in San Francisco on Sunday. I apologize to everyone for my actions".
The Braves also apologized for the comments and the commissioners office has opened an investigation. Unfortunately, these are the types of comments that get people fired. Right or wrong, McDowell should never have said it. But he can't take it back. Anytime something like that is said by someone in even a remotely public position, generally the price is their job. We hope that isn't the case, but it doesn't sound good.