Braves Suspend Pitching Coach Over Gay Slurs, Threat

Also, pitcher Derek Lowe is charged with DUI
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2011 3:15 PM CDT
Atlanta Braves Suspend Pitching Coach Roger McDowell Over Gay Slurs; Derek Lowe Charged With DUI
The police booking photo of Atlanta pitcher Derek Lowe.   (AP Photo/Atlanta Department of Corrections)

(Newser) – This turned out to be a banner week for the Atlanta Braves pitching staff. In the most high-profile event, the team today placed pitching coach Roger McDowell on administrative leave after he allegedly hurled gay slurs at heckling Giants fans ("Are you a homo couple or a threesome?"), simulated a sex act with a bat, and used the same bat to threaten a man who asked him to tone down his language in front of kids. ("How much are your teeth worth?")

He could face harsher punishment once the team finishes its investigation, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred is on the case on behalf of the fans. In the other incident, pitcher Derek Lowe got arrested last night and charged with DUI, notes the AJ-C. Police say Lowe was drag-racing another car in his Porsche when he got pulled over. The arresting officer tacked on a reckless driving charge for the 37-year-old. (Read more Atlanta Braves stories.)

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