Thom Brennaman, Reds apologize to LGBTQ+ community for anti-gay slur
Aug 21 2020
Before the seventh inning in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals, viewers heard Brennaman calling an unknown area 'the f- capital of the world.' Brennaman did not seem aware he was on the air, and soon started plugging a Reds pregame show on Fox Sports Ohio. I am very, very sorry.
"I don't know if I'm going to be putting on this headset again", Brennaman said.
"As a member of the Reds organization, I am so sorry for the way you were marginalized tonight". That is not who I am and it never has been.
What I want to know is why Thom Brennaman, as eloquent and semantically responsible as anyone who's ever been behind a mic, chose in a moment of candor to scroll through every available word in his lexicon and use that one.
Brennaman apologized at the top of the fifth inning of the second game, then was replaced immediately by announcer Jim Day.
With that, Brennaman left the booth before the game was over.
Brennaman apparently thought his microphone was off when he made the comment on Fox Sports Ohio.
"The team offered its "sincerest apologies to the LGBTQ+ community in Cincinnati, Kansas City, all across this country, and beyond". We will be addressing our broadcasting team in the coming days. "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".
"To the LGBTQ community just know I am with you, and whoever is against you, is against me", he wrote.
"As a dad I hurt for him", Marty Brennaman said late Wednesday night.
Brennaman has worked for Fox Sports since the network started broadcasting National Football League games in 1994, and called many premiere events.
Before Fox, he did college basketball play-by-play for University of Cincinnati on WXIX-TV; Great Midwest Conference games on Prime Network; and Atlantic Coast Conference games on the Fox Sports Network.