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Nothing Brave About Homophobia

By Charlotte Robinson, April 30, 2011
The Atlanta Braves put pitching coach Roger McDowell
on administrative leave Friday while they investigate he
made homophobic comments & crude gestures toward fans
before a game in San Francisco last weekend. McDowell is
also accused of using a baseball bat to threaten a fan who
objected to his actions. The former major league reliever
apologized in a statement but the team barred him from
the bench heading into a 3 game series against St. Louis.
GLAAD called on the Braves to take disciplinary action
against McDowell on Wednesday. Earlier this month,
GLAAD worked with the NBA & Los Angeles Lakers after
Kobe Bryant shouted an anti-gay slur at a referee.
Recently, GLAAD worked with the New York Yankees &
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to address issues
of homophobia in sports. After working with GLAAD, the
New York Yankees adopted a new policy that strictly
prohibits anti-gay slurs in Yankee Stadium.
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1 comment:

Jarrett Barrios said...

It remains to be seen whether the Atlanta Braves will take real disciplinary action and send a clear message that there is no place for anti-gay remarks or violent threats in baseball. The Braves and Major League Baseball should follow the NBA and WWE by speaking out in support of gay and lesbian baseball fans and players around the country, and by taking steps to make the sport a safe place for everyone.

Jarrett Barrios, President of The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)

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