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.
“One of the fag capitals of the world,” Brennaman said on air. In the fifth inning, Brennaman issued an apology for using the slur. He said he was “deeply ashamed” before signing off and turning over play-by-play duties to Jim Day. “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.
— Trevor Peters (@TrevorPetersTV) August 20, 2020
The Cincinnati Reds have announced the suspension of broadcaster Thom Brennaman after he uttered an anti-gay slur on the air https://t.co/JGvR2rA1p4
— CNN (@CNN) August 20, 2020
“I don’t know if I’m going to be putting on this headset again,” the announcer, Thom Brennaman, said in an on-air apology https://t.co/8FzDkwL8FO
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 20, 2020
If you think 2020 is crazy, Thom Brennaman called a home run in the middle of his apology after using a homophobic slur pic.twitter.com/hsDIxROKhG
— Mexican Rug Dealer (@DealinRugs) August 20, 2020
“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,” the Reds wrote. https://t.co/onez4NDUmF
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) August 20, 2020