GLAAD calls on MLB to take steps that ensure safety of all fans, players

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the America's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organisation, today responded to an announcement by the Atlanta Braves that pitching coach Roger McDowell will be put on administrative leave while the league investigates allegations that he directed anti-gay comments and directed violent threats at fans during a recent game.

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“It remains to be seen whether the Atlanta Braves will take real disciplinary action and send a clear message that there is no place for anti-gay remarks or violent threats in baseball,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “The Braves and Major League Baseball should follow the NBA and WWE by speaking out in support of gay and lesbian baseball fans and players around the country, and by taking steps to make the sport a safe place for everyone.”

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On Wednesday, GLAAD called on the Braves to take disciplinary action against McDowell for his actions. GLAAD’s original call can be found here: www.glaad.org/releases/04272011braves.

Earlier this month, GLAAD worked with the NBA and Los Angeles Lakers to take action after Kobe Bryant shouted an anti-gay slur at a referee. More information on that work is available here:  www.glaad.org/releases/04152011lalakers.

Recently, GLAAD worked with the New York Yankees and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to address issues of homophobia in sports. After working with GLAAD, the New York Yankees adopted a new policy that strictly prohibits anti-gay slurs in Yankee Stadium.

For more information about GLAAD’s work with the WWE, visit: glaadblog.org/2011/03/17/wwe-to-partner-with-glaad-on-anti-bullying-messages/.

For more information about GLAAD’s work with the New York Yankees, visit: glaadblog.org/2010/10/14/new-york-yankees-to-take-action-against-homophobic-fans/.

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