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Reds announcer Thom Brennaman uses homophobic slur, exits game


The longtime play-by-play man for the Cincinnati Reds exited the broadcast booth Wednesday and begged for forgiveness after video showed him using a homophobic slur on a hot mic earlier in the day.

“One of the f-g capitals of the world,” Thom Brennaman said on the Fox Sports Ohio TV broadcast during the first game of a scheduled doubleheader between the Reds and Royals in Kansas City.

A few seconds passed before Brennaman, seemingly unaware his comment was made on-air, recited a promo for the network’s pregame show.

The 56-year-old later exited the second game after videos of the incident made the rounds on social media, and issued an apology while looking directly into the camera for parts of it.

WARNING: This video contains graphic language



“I made a comment earlier tonight that, I guess, went out over the air, that I am deeply ashamed of,” Brennaman said during the fifth inning. “If I have hurt anyone out there, I can’t tell you how much I say from the bottom of my heart, I am so very, very sorry. I pride myself and think of myself as a man of faith. … I don’t know if I’ll be putting on this headset again. I don’t know if it’ll be for the Reds, I don’t know if it’s going to be for my bosses at Fox, I want to apologize to the people that sign my paycheck — for the Reds, for Fox Sports Ohio, for the people I work with, for anybody I’ve offended tonight. I can’t begin to tell you how deeply sorry I am. That is not who I am, it never has been. I’d like to think that I have some people that could back that up. I am very, very sorry and I beg for your forgiveness.

“Jim Day will take you the rest of the way,” Brennaman said, referring to another Fox Sports Ohio broadcaster.

Brennaman’s broadcast partner, Chris Welsh, told him, “You’re a good man, partner. Hang in there.”

MLB announcers this season are broadcasting road games remotely, usually from their home ballpark, due to coronavirus protocols.

Brennaman and his team were working from Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

It was unclear whether Brennaman was removed from the broadcast, or left on his own accord.



The Reds did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Brennaman is the son of Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman, and has been calling Reds game since 2006. Brennaman has also called NFL games for Fox.

The doubleheader marked Cincinnati’s first game back since an unidentified player tested positive for the coronavirus last week, which caused three postponements.

Story from nypost.com.
 

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