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“"I understand the decision made today by the commissioner," McDowell said in a statement Sunday. "I am embarrassed by my actions and I plan to give a personal apology to Mr. Quinn and his family. I would also like to offer a public and heartfelt apology to the fans of San Francisco, to the Atlanta Braves organization, my family and to Major League Baseball." Braves president John Schuerholz said the team supports Selig's decision. "We were clearly disappointed in Roger's remarks and actions and the Atlanta Braves organization does not tolerate that kind of behavior," Schuerholz said. "The Atlanta Braves organization and Roger McDowell deeply regret that this incident occurred and again apologize to all involved, including Mr. Quinn and his family, and the San Francisco Giants and their fans." The release from the commissioner's office said Quinn and his family will be invited to a Giants home game as guests of Major League Baseball. Also, baseball will "reach out" to education programs that promote tolerance and sensitivity. In a statement released by his attorney, Gloria Allred, Quinn applauded the discipline imposed on McDowell. "I am pleased to see Major League Baseball imposing discipline on Coach McDowell for his actions," Quinn said. "I love baseball dearly and my family and I are now looking forward to getting back to the ballpark for another game." Allred said the discipline "demonstrates that Major League Baseball believes that homophobic slurs, sexually lewd conduct and threatening behavior by coaches or any other person employed at a game in the major league will not be tolerated." Minor league pitching coordinator Dave Wallace is filling in for McDowell.
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.” -- MLB commissioner Bud Selig