Roger McDowell in Trouble Over Comments Toward Giants Fans

Roger McDowell in Trouble Over Comments Toward Giants Fans

The Atlanta Journal Constitution and other media outlets are reporting that former Phillies reliever and current Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell has been accused making homophobic comments and threats toward fans attending the Braves' Saturday game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. A 33-year-old Giants fan, Justin Quinn, and his family reported McDowell's behavior to the Giants and to San Francisco police. And it's pretty ugly.

McDowell is accused of making obscene gestures and anti-gay comments to a group of fans, and then, after being reminded by Quinn that there were children present, stating that kids don't belong at a baseball game and walking toward Quinn threateningly, with a bat, and asking him how much his teeth were worth. He had allegedly also used the bat to gesture in a graphic fasion toward the fans he was mocking with the slurs. Quinn was attending the game with his wife and 9-year-old twin daughters. The family is now represented by high-profile attorney Gloria Allred.

McDowell has issued an apology for his actions, but did not specify what those actions were beyond "respond[ing] to heckling fans."

Big League Stew has a solid summary of what McDowell is alleged to have said.

Previously well known off the mound as a highlight of rain delay TV programming for his many pranks in bullpens and dugouts, as well as appearing in the Keith Hernandez episode of Seinfeld, McDowell's career in Major League Baseball has hit a very uncomical crossroads as a result of Saturday's alleged actions.

After Bud Selig and the Braves organization—both of whom also issued statements—have fully looked into McDowell's behavior, it'd be hard to imagine him not being fired or at the very least suspended. Whether he meant the comments in jest or not, some major lines were crossed in his actions if they happened as described.

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

The magician himself needed help on this one.

His bow tie.

Hey, this is what teammates are for, right?

On Monday night, Eagles longsnapper and NBC's America's Got Talent star Jon Dorenbos emceed safety Malcolm Jenkins' third annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event, which raises money for Philadelphia's youth and underserved communities.

Dorenbos, quite the wizard with his hands and card tricks, couldn't solve the bow tie.

“I had no clue,” Dorenbos said in an interview with CSN's John Clark. "In fact, this is the first bow tie I’ve ever worn.”

Jenkins had his back. Watch the Eagles' leader go to work and save Dorenbos in the video above.