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Georgia Equality equates Braves coach behavior to that of ‘bully’

Georgia Equality officials hand-delivered a letter to the Atlanta Braves today, demanding the team at all levels undergo sensitivity training after allegations pitching coach Roger McDowell used anti-gay slurs against fans during a game in San Francisco.

“Mr. McDowell’s actions are far too reminiscent of the action of John Rocker over a decade ago,” says Georgia Equality Executive Director Jeff Graham in the letter to John Schuerholz, president of the Atlanta Braves.

“As one of the leaders of the coalition that formed to condemn those comments, I cannot express how profoundly disappointed I am that this has once again happened. What is perhaps most troubling is that unlike John Rocker, Roger McDowell serves in a leadership position within the organization. Without firm disciplinary action, others will assume this his casual use of anti-gay speed and threats of physical violence is somehow tolerable.”