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Braves place coach on leave after allegations of lewd behavior

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Pitching coach Roger McDowell has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation
  • He is accused of making homophobic and threatening comments
  • McDowell has said that he is sorry for the way he acted

(CNN) -- The Atlanta Braves said Friday they have placed pitching coach Roger McDowell on administrative leave pending an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior at a San Francisco Giants and Braves baseball game.

McDowell is accused of making vulgar, homophobic and threatening comments during batting practice on April 23 at the AT&T Park in San Fransisco.

Minor league pitching coordinator Dave Wallace will serve as the team's acting pitching coach in his place, the Braves said.

McDowell has said that he is sorry for the way he acted.

"I am deeply sorry that I responded to the heckling fans in San Francisco on Saturday. I apologize to everyone for my actions," he said on Wednesday.

That same day, Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred sent a letter to Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, asking him to launch an investigation and urging "appropriate disciplinary action."

Selig has said the allegations are worrisome and that he is working to gather more information about what happened.

"Although I do not yet have all the facts regarding this incident, the allegations are very troubling to me," Selig said. "After I have all the facts, I will make a determination of how to proceed."

Allred represents Justin Quinn, 33, who attended the game with his wife and 9-year-old twin daughters.

Quinn and Allred accuse McDowell of making lewd and homophobic comments to male fans in the stadium bleachers. They also say he threatened Quinn when he complained to McDowell that kids could hear.

"When I go to a baseball game and take my family I expect a higher standard of conduct from the team and its coaches," Quinn told reporters. "Children should not be told that they do not belong at a ballpark."

Allred applauded the decision to put McDowell on administrative leave Friday.