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Reds Announcer Apology

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Last Updated: 02 July 2021

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Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman used an 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 the 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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Not The Most Self-Aware Apology

Hot microphones, or moments where broadcasters are aware their microphones are transmitting to the viewing audience, have led to a whole lot of problematic accidentally-transmitted comments over years. The latest came from long-time Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman on Fox Sports Ohio Reds broadcast Wednesday night, with this comment coming on top of the seventh of the first game of a doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals. Heres what Brennaman had to say there, with the broadcast apparently coming back from break before he expected it to: one of the f * g capitals of the world. Reds Live, pregame show, presented by Ray. Clair Roofing that spectacularly odd comment. And while Brennaman obviously didnt think he was on air here, it is still wild to think of a long-time baseball broadcaster saying this while hes wearing a microphone. And it was not even clear what he was referencing. Of course, f * g is a long-standing gay slur, and there are some Kansas City associations there, but it is a less-obvious place to reference with comments about gay people than, say, San Francisco. This isnt Brennamans first hot mic incident, either, and it not the first silly thing hes said on-air this year. At any rate, this is a phenomenally stupid thing to say on air in 2020, even if Brennaman didnt know he was on air. Well update if there is any apology from him or statement from Fox Sports Ohio. As Holland took over on the mound, 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 so very, very sorry. I pride myself and think of myself as a man of faith, as theres drive into deep left field by Castellanos, That 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 is 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 Ive offended here tonight. I cant begin to tell you how deeply sorry I am. That is not who I am, It never has been, and I like to think I could have some people, maybe, that could back that up. I am very, very sorry, and I beg for your forgiveness. Jim Day will take you the rest of the way home.

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