Deplorable: After being caught on-air using an anti-gay slur, Cincinatti Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman tried to apologize by claiming he is “a man of faith.”
Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman was caught using a homophobic slur during Wednesday’s game against the Kansas City Royals.
In a clip that has circulated around social media, Brennaman was heard saying the slur moments after the Fox Sports Ohio broadcast returned from a commercial break before the top of the seventh inning. The 56-year-old sportscaster didn’t appear to realize he was already on the air.
The Associated Press reports:
Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman has been suspended from working Cincinnati’s games after using an anti-gay slur on air Wednesday night, prompting the team to apologize for the ”horrific, homophobic remark.”
Brennaman used the slur moments after the Fox Sports Ohio feed returned from a commercial break before the top of the seventh inning in the first game of a doubleheader at Kansas City. Brennaman did not seem to realize he was already on air. He later apologized.
On air Brennaman said:
One of the f-g capitals of the world.
Thom Brennamann likely ends his Reds career tonight LIVE on the air pic.twitter.com/EDzSICgVmx
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) August 19, 2020
After the sportscaster realized that his anti-gay slur went out over the air, he issued an apology, declaring:
I made a comment earlier tonight that I guess went out over the air that I am deeply ashamed of. If I have hurt anyone out there, I can’t tell you how much I say from the bottom of my heart I’m so very, very sorry. I pride myself and think of myself as a man of faith.
I don’t know if I’m going to be putting on this headset again. I don’t know if it’s going to be for the Reds. I don’t know if it’s going to be for my bosses at Fox. I will apologize for the people who sign my paycheck, for the Reds, for Fox Sports Ohio, for the people I work with, for anybody that I’ve offended here tonight.
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) August 20, 2020
Brennaman was taken off the air shortly after his apology.
In a statement the team said:
The Cincinnati Reds organization is devastated by the horrific, homophobic remark made this evening by broadcaster Thom Brennaman. He was 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.
The fact that Brennaman was comfortable using an anti-gay slur is bad enough, the fact that he thought he could excuse his bigotry by claiming he is “a man of faith” only reinforces the notion that this man is lacking in both character and intellect.
Bottom line: After being caught on-air using an anti-gay slur, Cincinatti Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman tried to apologize by claiming he is “a man of faith.”