If the allegations are true, McDowell belongs nowhere near a ballpark.
The Atlanta Braves have placed coach Roger McDowell on administrative leave as the team investigates allegations that the former Mets pitcher threatened a dad who protested after McDowell hurled homophobic insults at fans.
Dave Wallace, the Braves minor league pitching coordinator, will serve as the team's acting pitching coach in the interim.
"We are very pleased that the Atlanta Braves have placed pitching coach Roger McDowell on administrative leave while they investigate my client Justin Quinn's allegations that Coach McDowell made gay slurs and engaged in sexually explicit and offensive conduct and threatening gestures," civil rights attorney Gloria Allred said in an email to the Daily News.
Quinn, a Fresno, Calif., environmental researcher who attended a Giants-Braves game in San Francisco with his 9-year-old twin daughters and wife on Saturday, said earlier this week that McDowell unleashed an anti-gay tirade at three men in the bleachers at AT&T Park.
Quinn said he objected, shouting at McDowell that his kids were watching his ugly display. "Kids don't f------ belong at a baseball park," McDowell shot back as he approached menacingly with a bat, according to Quinn. "How much are your teeth worth?"
Allred told the News this week that another fan has complained that McDowell unleashed a verbal tirade against him at a ballpark last year. She declined to identify the fan or the venue of the alleged incident but said she has provide that information to commissioner Bud Selig's office.
Kinda like the Wilpon Family.