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Cincinnati Reds and FOX Sports broadcaster Thom Brennaman was caught in hot mic last month using gay slur during Reds broadcast in their game at Kansas City Royals. Brennaman was indefinitely suspended from doing Reds broadcasts and was removed from FOX NFL coverage for the 2020 season. Brennaman offered an apology on the night of the incident, but has now spoken publicly in an interview with Mark Fischer of New York Post. It is the first time hes offered public comments since his on-air apology. 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. Obviously not broadcasting during this time, Brennaman made a stop to have lunch with Evan Millward, gay Cincinnati newscaster. It was pretty clear to me early on that he was not using me, WCPO 9 anchor told the Post. It just a word to straight people, Messer say, 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. During his chat with Post, Brennaman reflected on his comment. He insisted that he had never used that word before. I have never used that word in my life, Brennaman said emphatically. The 56-year-old Brennaman also recalled what happened in the aftermath of his comments. 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. The rest of it is irrelevant. I say it. And I own it. And I am one who has to live with it. He also revealed that hes spoken with LGBTQ groups across the country. He said theyve been forgiving. The realization of the incredible hurt that Ive cause using that word has been breathtaking, Brennaman say. Its been an absolutely amazing amount of grace and forgiveness and support. Back when incident occurred on Aug. 19, Reds issued a statement apologizing for the remark. The Cincinnati Reds organization is devastated by a horrific, homophobic remark made this evening by broadcaster Thom Brennaman. He was pulled off air, effective immediately was suspended from doing Reds broadcasts. We will be addressing our broadcasting team in coming days. In no way does this incident represent our players, coaches, organization, or our fans. We share our sincerest apologies to the LGBTQ + community in Cincinnati, Kansas City, all across this country, and beyond. The Reds embrace a zero-tolerance policy for bias or discrimination of any kind, and we are truly sorry to anyone who has been offend.

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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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Fox Sports Ohios Thom Brennaman was caught on hot mic using a vile homophobic slur following during pregame of Reds game against the Royals on Wednesday night. It leads to an on-air apology, and Brennaman being pulled from broadcast, but this all fails to address the real issue at play. Heres what Brennaman say, which suffice it to say is horrible and insensitive. It is also important that we do not ignore the video itself, because its critical here. Obviously Brennaman didnt know mic was hot. He never intentionally said what he does on air. That is still not good enough. Later, when it came time to apologize, the broadcaster interrupted his own apology to call a home run. It was clear where his priorities were at the moment and it wasnt on trying to make amends with people he marginalized in his comments. Instead of directly addressing his comments, Brennamans mea culpa was more concerned with telling people at home that he wasnt homophobic person, and trying to make good with his employers. The priority, once again, wasnt on apologizing to the LGBTQ + community. In the span of his 1: 17 apology, scant few seconds were spent addressing those hurt by remarks. His words, couch in lazy, predictable language, apologize to anyone who was offend, as if there group of people in the LGBTQ + community and beyond who dont consider the word he uses to be the most hurtful and hate-fill slur available. From hot mic audio, it doesnt sound like Brennaman is joking, or making off-handed comment. Not that saying it was a joke, makes it better, but perhaps a little more understandable. People make jokes around their coworkers to try to impress them, they get caught up in moment. All of us are likely to say things we meant in jest we would never say seriously, perhaps even things we later regret. However, Brennaman comments had emphasis. It had weight. It was said with the tone and gravity of someone who knew exactly what he was saying, he just didnt expect to be catch. This isnt about trying to cancel Thom Brennaman. It is about trying to cancel the kind of workplace culture that allows these sentiments to foster without fear of reprisal. Had Brennamans comments never aired its entirely likely nothing would have ever happen. Perhaps the coworker files an HR complaint, it handled internally, and after cursory tap on the wrist as he returns to work. Sure, this is speculation about internal workings of Fox Sports Ohio, but considering that Brennamans replacement on broadcast, Chris Welsh later said on air, Youre good man, partner. Hang in there, as if Brennaman was one marginalized by his own homophobia, suggests rampant issues inside their workplace culture. Welsh make remark in 2019 that Ozzie Albies of Braves might not understand the difference between 35M and 85M because he wasn't born in the United States. Point homophobia. Casual racism. All in from one network.

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