The Cincinnati Reds have suspended television broadcaster Thom Brennaman for using an anti-gay slur while on the air during Wednesday's game versus the Kansas City Royals.
Brennaman used the homophobic remark not realizing that Fox Sports Ohio had prematurely returned from a break:
(Warning: Video contains the offensive comment.)
Trigger Warning: gay slur. this clip aired tonight on Fox Sports Ohio when Thom Brenneman was caught on a hot mic. He later issued an apology to the people who sign his paychecks, not to the LGBT community. “That’s not who I am”—uh dude it was 10 minutes ago yes it is #byethom pic.twitter.com/j4HPHdN1op— Efrain Schunior (@iieeef) August 20, 2020
In a bizarre moment of television, Brennaman offered an on-air apology while calling a home run belted by Cincinnati's Nick Castellanos:
Here is Thom Brenneman’s apology, absolutely surreal that a home run happened in the middle of it.— Carmichael Dave (@CarmichaelDave) August 20, 2020
Sideline reporter takes over. pic.twitter.com/YLj7gCLTii
Brennaman then turned play-by-play duties over to Jim Day.
In an official statement, the Reds condemned Brennaman and what the club referred to as a "horrific, homophobic remark":
Reds relief pitchers Amir Garrett and Matt Bowman tweeted their support for the LGBTQ+ community following the incident:
To the LGBTQ community just know I am with you, and whoever is against you, is against me. I’m sorry for what was said today.— CountOnAG (@Amir_Garrett) August 20, 2020
LGBTQ+ community, as a member of the Reds organization, I am so sorry for the way you were marginalized tonight. There will always be a place for you in the baseball community and we are so happy to have you here.— Matt Bowman (@bowmandernchief) August 20, 2020
The Reds had not commented on Brennaman's standing with the organization as of Thursday afternoon.