MILWAUKEE — Veteran umpire Bob Davidson said he ejected a fan at Miller Park on Tuesday night because the fan used a homophobic slur aimed at Cardinals C Yadier Molina.
Davidson said he threw out Sean A. Ottow, 44, of Waukesha, Wis., in the bottom of the seventh inning because he wanted to make sure Molina wouldn't do something to escalate the situation.
"Molina, I thought he was going to go toward (the fan) and I said, 'I'll take care of it,' " said Davidson, who was the plate umpire. "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."
Molina has declined to discuss the ejection.
Ottow said he had been talking to Molina all evening. 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.
"I never swore at him," Ottow said while handcuffed to a bench Tuesday night. "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."
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