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Former Met Roger McDowell Accused of Hurling Gay Slurs



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    Former Met Roger McDowell is now an Atlanta Braves pitching coach.

    Looks like another member of the Mets 1986 Championship team is in trouble -- again.

    Roger McDowell, now a Atlanta Braves pitching coach, has issued an apology in response to a fan's complaint that he made crude remarks, gestures and threats before a game in San Francisco.

    According to Gloria Allred, McDowell made anti-gay remarks to a bunch of men watching batting practice at AT&T Park during a Giants-Braves game last weekend.

    Allred said the exact quote was, "Are you guys a homo couple or a threesome?"  She said the coach then made a gesture with a bat that simulated gay sex.

    Justin Quinn, a 33-year-old Fresno man, said he confronted McDowell about his remarks and the former Met walked toward him with bat and asked what he thought his teeth were worth, according to the Cove, a blog that covers Giants baseball.

    McDowell, who debuted for the Mets in 1985 and was credited for the win Game 7 of the World Series,  says in a statement Wednesday that he's "deeply sorry" that he responded to the heckling fans before the Braves played the Giants on Saturday.

    Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said that although he doesn't have all the facts about what happened, he's troubled by the allegations.

    Justin Quinn of Fresno said he saw McDowell make crude sexual gestures at three men during batting practice. Quinn alleges that when he told McDowell that there were children present, McDowell replied that kids don't belong at a baseball park, picked up a bat and threatened him.