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Thom Brennaman may very well have destroyed his career last month when he uttered gay slur on air, and there are many who would be just fine with never hearing from the Cincinnati Reds broadcaster again. Believe me, I know there are a lot of people who are still very angry and I understand that, Brennaman told the Post on Monday in his first interview since the incident. Nowadays, 56-year-old is in the middle of an apology tour that has drawn skepticism about its sincerity. One stop was to have lunch with Evan Millward, gay newscaster in Cincinnati. Dont be a pawn, Millward said he told himself before meeting with Brennaman little more than two weeks ago. It was pretty clear to me early on that he was not using me, WCPO 9 anchor told the Post. Millward, 31, and Ryan Messer, 47-year-old leading LGBTQ activist in Cincinnati, are treating Brennaman as a reclamation project, hoping the man who has called Reds games since 2007 eventually will be able to serve as ally to the LGBTQ community by teaching others how hateful the word is. It just word to straight people, said Messer, who has called on the Reds to reinstate Brennaman from suspension. To gay people, it is charge word. That word is a toolkit of weapons that people use to make someone feel less than themselves. It only used to degrade someone. Of course, you should know its wrong, but you ca assume they understand everything else packed into that word. When FOX Sports Ohio came out of commercial break during that Aug. 19 game, Brennaman say, One of f-capitals of the world. It wasnt clear which area he was referring to. Then he read a promotion for a network pregame show. I have never used that word in my life, Brennaman said emphatically. If he used it then, he used it before, Messer say. But if we dont open dialogue to help explain, how do we learn and grow from it? And that is where my whole perspective come, and I am willing to make sure he understands that, which is why he is coming to my house on Saturday to meet my family, my husband and four kids. A shocking moment occurred at the end of the first game of a doubleheader in Kansas City. It wasnt until about two hours later, in the fifth inning of Game 2, that Brennaman issued an awkward on-air apology that included interruption to call home run, and then, after apparently realizing the impact of what he had say, add, I did know if I was going to be putting on this headset again. Brennaman said he could remember the context surrounding the slur. Everything happens so fast, he say. And I watching literally everything fall apart at seams while trying to announce baseball game. I couldnt even tell you what happen, where it came from. Look, I say it is all that matters.

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