Following Major League Baseball’s decision to suspend Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell for two weeks without pay after he was accused of directing violent threats and obscene anti-gay language toward the opposing team’s fans in San Francisco, MLB executives will be meeting with GLAAD to discuss ways the sport can send positive messages of LGBT inclusion and acceptance to its vast audience.
Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement:
“Major League Baseball is a social institution that brings people together and welcomes all individuals of different races, religions, genders, national origins and sexual orientations into its ballparks. Conduct by people associated with MLB that shows insensitivity to others simply cannot and will not be tolerated. I understand that Mr. McDowell is very contrite about his conduct, and hopefully this incident will be used to increase public awareness of the importance of sensitivity to others. I commend Justin Quinn and his family for bringing this issue to our attention so that it will not happen again in the future.”
We’ll be speaking with MLB officials later this week about how we can work together can make their sport – and all sports – welcoming of LGBT fans and athletes.