Umpire gives reason why he ejected a fan at the Cards/Brewers game Tuesday

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Home plate umpire Bob Davidson says he ejected

a fan at Miller Park because the fan used a homophobic slur aimed

at Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.

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. Davidson spoke Wednesday before the

series finale.

Ottow told The Associated Press while handcuffed to a bench on

Miller Park's service level that he never swore at Molina. Davidson

said Ottow was intoxicated and that Molina never requested the fan

be removed.

The Brewers' 4-2 win over the Cardinals featured four ejections

before Trevor Hoffman earned his 600th career save.