Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman has been suspended from working Cincinnati’s games in the wake of utilizing anti-gay slur on air Wednesday night, inciting the group to apologize for the “horrific, homophobic remark.”
Brennaman utilized the slur moment after the Fox Sports Ohio feed came back from a business break before the head of the seventh inning in the main round of a doubleheader at Kansas City. Brennaman didn’t appear to acknowledge he was at that point on air. He later apologized.
“The Cincinnati Reds organization is devastated by the horrific, homophobic remark made this evening by broadcaster Thom Brennaman,” the team said in a statement. “He has pulled off the air, and effective immediately was suspended from doing Reds broadcasts. We will be addressing our broadcasting team in the coming days.”
“In no way does this incident represent our players, coaches, organization, or our fans. We share our sincerest apologies to the LGBTQ+ community in Cincinnati, Kansas City, all across this country, and beyond. The Reds embrace a zero-tolerance policy for bias or discrimination of any kind, and we are truly sorry to anyone who has been offended,” it said.
Brennaman and the Reds broadcasters were working from Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, although the doubleheader against the Royals was in Kansas City. Far off communicates have become the standard in the baseball this year in light of coronavirus conventions.
The son of Hall of Fame telecaster Marty Brennaman, Thom has called major group games for a long time and has been with Fox Sports for as far back as 27, covering baseball and football.
“I can’t begin to tell you how deeply sorry I am,” Brennaman said. “That is not who I am and never has been. I like to think maybe I could have some people who can back that up. I am very, very sorry and I beg for your forgiveness.”