Longtime Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman is likely out of a job after spending the better part of the past three-plus decades calling sporting events throughout the United States.
Brennaman was caught on a hot mic during Cincinnati’s game against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday evening dropping a homophobic slur. In reference to an unknown location, Brennaman called it “one of the f-g capitals of the world.”
Thom Brennaman surprises absolutely nobody pic.twitter.com/kZBWk1gxRJ— ¡JONRONAZO! (@JV__19) August 19, 2020
That’s in no way acceptable. There’s no defense for this.
Even before the game was over, Brennaman took to the mic on Fox Sports Ohio to offer up an apology before leaving the broadcast booth…probably for good.
“I pride myself and think of myself as a man of faith. I don’t know if I’m going to be putting on this headset again,” he said. “I am very, very sorry. I beg for your forgiveness.”
There’s no word yet on what type of discipline Brennaman will be facing. However, a leading figure within the Cincinnati LGBTQ community spoke out following these hurtful comments.
Period. Cincinnati is leading the way for LGBTQ+ equality. We are on the right side of history and it’s incredibly disappointing to hear Mr. Brennaman use such language of hate when our country is begging for unity.— Chris Seelbach (@ChrisSeelbach) August 20, 2020