Ugly allegations against McDowell follow Braves

The Braves are returning to Atlanta with momentum from a strong finish to a road trip and their pitching coach engulfed in an ugly scandal.

Roger McDowell apologized after Wednesday night's 7-0 win at San Diego in response to allegations from a fan that he made homophobic comments, crude sexual gestures and threats before a game in San Francisco last weekend.

Commissioner Bud Selig calls the allegations "very troubling" on Wednesday and says he is awaiting a report from the Braves before deciding how to proceed.

It's possible McDowell could face a suspension or even stronger punishment, possibly forcing Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez to find a fill-in pitching coach.