MLB Announcer Replaced Mid-Game, Suspended After Using Homophobic Slur

Dan Mennella
August 19, 2020 - 8:03 pm

FOX Sports announcer Thom Brennaman was replaced on a Wednesday night broadcast after he was heard using a homophobic slur on-air.

Brennaman, who calls Reds games for FOX Sports Ohio as well as some national games for FOX Sports, appeared to be unaware that the broadcast of a Reds-Royals game in Kansas City had returned from commercial break when he was heard referring to someplace as "the fag capital of the world."

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The incident took place during the seventh inning in the first game of a doubleheader.

The 56-year-old play-by-play announcer, who is the son of former legendary Reds radio broadcaster Marty Brennaman, remained on the air for the start of the second game of the twin bill.

Brennaman later apologized during the third inning of the second game, saying he was "deeply ashamed" of his remarks and that he was handing off broadcasting duties to announcer Jim Day.

The awkward apology was interrupted by a solo homer off the bat of Cincinnati slugger Nick Castellanos.

"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 am so very, very sorry.

"I pride myself and think of myself as a man of faith -- as there's a drive into deep left field by Castellanos, it'll be a home run. And so that'll make it a 4-nothing ballgame.

"I don't know if I'll be putting on this headset again. I don't know if it's gonna be for the Reds. I don't know if it's gonna be for my bosses at FOX Sports. And I will apologize to the people who sign my paycheck -- to the Reds, to the people at FOX Sports Ohio, to the people I work with, to anybody that I have offended here tonight.

"I can't begin to tell you how deeply sorry I am. That is not who I am, and it never has been. And I like to think maybe I could have some people 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."

The Reds released a statement soon after the incident, announcing that Brennaman had been suspended from doing Reds broadcasts.

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