The news of Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell being put on administrative leave over alleged anti-gay slurs hurled at San Francisco Giants fans last weekend is just one of several incidents the team has had to answer for with LGBT fans.
McDowell was put on administrative leave today after allegedly shouting at several San Francisco Giants fans, "Are you a homo couple or a threesome?" and then imitating a sex act with a baseball bat. The coach also allegedly threatened the father of twin daughters who said he witnessed the incident and asked the coach to watch his language in front of children.
In 1999, former Braves relief pitcher John Rocker was quoted in a 1999 Sports Illustrated profile of him saying why he would never play in New York.
Anyone besides me miss Leo Mazzone? The former Atlanta Braves pitching coach nurtured the talents of Greg Maddux, John Smoltz and Tom Glavine during the height of Atlanta's division dominance from the mid ‘90s to 2005. But more importantly, Mazzone never made the kinds of headlines that his successor, Roger McDowell, made late yesterday.
Justin Quinn accused McDowell of making the anti-gay remarks in response to fan heckling while the Braves were on the road in San Francisco. Quinn and his two daughters were watching pre-game batting practice when the alleged incident occurred.
Quinn was incensed enough to go to attorney Gloria Allred with his story. Allred held a press conference yesterday because, well, that's what she does. As gimmicky as her presence is in this story, or any story really, Allred does have a certain knack of being able to publicize her cause.
Boxer, author Mischa Merz reads from book 'Bruising'
Despite the fact he's widely regarded as one of the best players currently playing in the National Basketball Association, Los Angeles Lakers Forward Kobe Bryant has hardly been a role model for personal behavior.
Last night during a game against the San Antonio Spurs, Bryant received a technical foul during the third quarter and was not too pleased with the call. He took his frustrations out on his chair and a moment later the game's referee, shouting what appears to be “fucking faggot” at the official after finding his place on the bench.
Granted, you can't really hear what Bryant shouts in the video, but even an amateur lip reader can easily make out what he appears to say.
The Atlanta Dream is busy preparing for the upcoming 2011 season that kicks off in early June. But today, the city's professional women's basketball team is in the thick of the 2011 WNBA Draft.
It doesn't look like phenom Maya Moore will be available by the time the Dream takes its first pick. Atlanta has the eighth overall selection.
The WNBA is hosting a live chat session on its homepage, as well.