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Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman used anti-gay slur on air during the Cincinnatis game Wednesday night and later left the broadcast after apologizing. Brennaman used a slur moments after Fox Sports Ohio feed returned from commercial break before the top of the seventh inning in the first game of a doubleheader at Kansas City. He did not seem to realize he was already on air when the microphone caught him saying one of fag capitals of the world in reference to an unknown location. The 56-year-old Brennaman remained on air in the second game until the top of the fifth inning, when he spoke directly to the camera before handing off play-by-play duties: Brennaman paused during his remarks to announce a home run by Cincinnatis Nick Castellanos. Major League Baseball was aware of the incident but did not have immediate comment. In a statement late Wednesday night, Reds say they were devastated by the horrific, homophobic remark, adding Brennaman was pulled off air, and effective immediately was suspended from doing Reds broadcasts. Reds reliever Amir Garrett tweeted about Brennamans words shortly after the end of the second game: " LGBTQ community, just know I am with you, and whoever is against you, is against me, he write. I am sorry for what was said today. Brennaman and Reds announcers were working from Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, even though the doubleheader against the Royals was in Kansas City. Remote broadcasts have become the norm in baseball this year because of coronavirus protocols. The son of Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman, Thom has called major League games for 33 years and has been with Fox Sports for the past 27, covering primarily baseball and football. I ca begin to tell you how deeply sorry I am, Brennaman say. 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. Broadcast partner Chris Welsh told Brennaman: Youre good man, partner. Hang in there. I made a comment earlier tonight, that I guess go out over air, that I am deeply ashamed of. If I have hurt anyone out there, I ca tell you how much I say from the bottom of my heart that I am very, very sorry. I pride myself and think of myself as a man of faith, as there is drive into deep left field by Castellanos. It will be a home run, and so that will make it a 4-0 ballgame. I dont know if I am going to be putting on this headset again. I dont know if it is going to be for the Reds, I dont know if it's going to be for my bosses at Fox. I want to apologize to people who sign my paycheck, to the Reds, to Fox Sports Ohio, to people I work with, to anybody that Ive offended here tonight.

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The Apology

Fox Sports Ohio Play-by-Play broadcaster Thom Brennaman revealed himself to be comfortable using homophobic language, torpedoed his career, and delivered what might have been the most somber home run call ever, all in the span of a few hours during Wednesday's doubleheader between the Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Royals. The slur in question came out of the Brennamans mouth during the first game of that doubleheader. The announcer, who believed his mic was off, referred to somewhere as one of fag capitals of the world. After a four-second pause, he then read the promo for the Reds ' pregame show. As Brennaman words spread across Twitter, he instantly became pariah, and yet, Fox Sports Ohio kept him on air for the night game, like nothing of note had happened in the Reds ' 4-0 Game 1 loss. In fifth inning of Game 2, Brennaman acknowledged reality, issuing an apology before his colleague Jim Day took over in the booth. I pride myself and think of myself as a man of faith, Brennaman say, just as Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos hit a long blast to left field, in the direction of the billboard advertising judgment-free zone. What followed was one of the most surreal moments in sports broadcasting history. Brennaman knows that what hes does is bigger than game, and he understands that he is supposed to sound sincere. But when Castellanos let one rip, he ca resist doing his job. By Thursday, Reds had suspended Brennaman indefinitely from doing team broadcasts. Fox Sports also said it would remove him from his job calling NFL games for the network this season. Midapology home run call wasnt only off-putting thing about Brennamans mea culpa. He delivers those words with the gravitas of a sports broadcaster who knows something has gone terribly wrong; the same voice he used for players who suffer serious injury. But announcers transparently insincere statement didnt match his tone. Brennaman starts off by saying that hes man of faith, which has no relevance as to whether he would say something bigoted and homophobic. He then says he wanted to apologize to those who employ him and pay him money, then add, that is not who I am, sentence that is clearly false given that he said slur only a couple of hours before. Then come plea for someone else to defend hima desperate attempt to convince everyone, again, that guy wed just heard on air isnt the real Thom Brennaman. The badness of Brennaman apology is a bit surprising considering that it is possible no one in his profession has had more experience making or listening to apologies. In 2002, Brennaman, who was then calling games for the Arizona Diamondbacks, apologized on air after calling for D-backs Tony Womack to be bench. For me to suggest that guy ought to be on the bench is not my job, Brennaman said at the time to Arizona Republic.

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