Braves Pitching Coach Roger McDowell Apologizes For Remarks

Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell has responded to allegations he inappropriately responded to heckling fans before a Giants game last weekend.

"I am deeply sorry that I responded to the heckling fans in San Francisco on Saturday. I apologize to everyone for my actions," McDowell said in a press release after Wednesday afternoon's Giants-Padres game.

The Braves also issued a statement: "We were made aware of an incident in San Francisco this past Saturday.  We are concerned by these allegations and the behavior described by a witness today.  This in no way represents the Braves organization and the conduct we expect of our employees.  We will withhold further comments until we finish gathering information."

Prepared statements by McDowell and the club. I guess that's how we should expect them to respond. Though at some point McDowell is going to have to face reporters, and answer their questions. These statements are the equivalent of a long tweet (in fact they were first reported that way).

The Commish is on the case as well, releasing a statement as long as McDowell's and the Braves' combined:

"I was informed today that Roger McDowell, a coach of the Atlanta Braves, is being accused of engaging in highly inappropriate conduct toward fans at a game in San Francisco. Although I do not yet have all the facts regarding this incident, the allegations are very troubling to me. The Atlanta Braves have assured my office that they will immediately investigate the allegations, and report the results of the investigation to me. After I have all the facts, I will make a determination of how to proceed."

Unfortunate black eye for the team.

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