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Friday, April 29, 2011

Whoops. Braves pitcher arrested for DUI

Ga. State Patrol picked up Derek Lowe last night for drunk driving
  • Ga. State Patrol picked up Derek Lowe last night for drunk driving
Amid the excitement surrounding the Royal Wedding NFL draft, Sports Illustrated reported this morning that 37-year-old Braves pitcher Derek Lowe was picked up for DUI last night:
Braves pitcher Derek Lowe was charged with drunken driving, another blow to a team already dealing with allegations that pitching coach Roger McDowell spewed homophobic comments before a game in San Francisco last weekend.

Gordy Wright, a spokesman for the Georgia State Patrol, said a trooper stopped Lowe's vehicle about 10 p.m. Thursday on an Atlanta street. The trooper detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage and administered a field sobriety test, which resulted in Lowe's arrest.

Besides DUI, Lowe was also charged with reckless driving and improper lane change. About those allegations against pitching coach McDowell, a Fresno, Calif. family — represented by high-profile attention monger attorney Gloria Allred — has accused him of spewing gay slurs and threatening them with a bat at a game in San Francisco. McDowell has since apologized, but The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is calling for disciplinary action.

The Braves released the following terse statement about Lowe's DUI:

Obviously we are concerned and disappointed about the events involving Derek Lowe overnight. We are currently gathering information and plan to address this matter later today.

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