Georgia Equality commended Major League Baseball and the Atlanta Braves for taking swift action against Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell after he was accused of hurling anti-gay slurs at San Francisco Giants fans over Easter weekend. But the statewide LGBT advocacy group says more local action needs to occur.
McDowell was suspended by Major League Baseball for two weeks without pay (he returns to his duties on May 13), ordered to participate in sensitivity training, and fined an undisclosed amount of money for his actions at San Francisco AT&T Park on April 23. McDowell allegedly shouted at fans, "Are you a homo couple or a threesome?" and imitated a sex act with a baseball bat. He also threatened a father who witnessed McDowell's actions and asked the Braves pitching coach to watch his language in front of children.
McDowell has publicly apologized for the outburst.