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MLB Umpire Ejects Fan After Anti-Gay Slur Directed at Catcher


MLB umpire Bob Davidson ejected a fan from a Milwaukee Brewers game on Tuesday night after the fan hurled a homophobic slur at St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, the AP reports:

"Davidson said he decided to throw out 44-year-old Sean A. Ottow of Waukesha, Wis., in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday night because he wanted to make sure Molina wouldn't do something to escalate the situation...Ottow had said he had been talking to Molina all evening, but the umpires said several Brewers players mentioned how drunk Ottow seemed. When an usher asked Ottow to leave, he stood and posed with his arms in the air to cheers from fans. Ottow was cited for disorderly conduct by police. In Milwaukee, that typically draws a $185 fine."

Said Ottow: "I never swore at him. He just got the umpire to throw me out. We were bantering back and forth and I guess Molina couldn't take it anymore. You'd think these guys would have tougher skin than that.''

Some are saying Davidson exceeded his authority.

Outsports' Jim Buzinski agrees.

Said Davidson: "Molina, I thought he was going to go toward (the fan) and I said, 'I’ll take care of it,'...I was going to wait until between innings and not be so obvious, but I figured after he said that, he was very intoxicated, I needed to take care of it."

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  1. I saw the video. Ottow was very drunk and should have been thrown out, just like any other obnoxious bum who was disturbing people in a public gathering.

    Posted by: Jack M | Sep 9, 2010 10:11:30 AM

  2. Said Ottow: "...I guess Molina couldn't take it anymore. You'd think these guys would have tougher skin than that."

    Yeah, doucebag. And you'd think you would know how to act like a responsible grown man in public. There are repercussions for your behavior.

    Posted by: JTlvr | Sep 9, 2010 11:40:07 AM

  3. This was really a police matter, otherwise, the fan was a customer of the stadium and could sue for breach of contract. The fact you can purchase alcohol at the stadium makes the case even stronger, so I would expect some litigation to come out of this.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 9, 2010 12:12:41 PM

  4. jim buzinski is an idiot.

    Posted by: nic | Sep 9, 2010 12:12:55 PM

  5. Other than beer/hot dog sellers, there is nobody monitoring the stands. It's a self-police sort of thing...nobody stood up so the umpire handled it. Good for him.

    Posted by: Shawn | Sep 9, 2010 12:45:29 PM

  6. Good Job Ump! Who over-served that meatball?

    Posted by: Dave | Sep 9, 2010 2:35:05 PM

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