A Fox Sports activities announcer who has been calling Main League Baseball video games for greater than 30 years was once suspended on Wednesday night time, the Cincinnati Reds stated, after he used a homophobic slur all the way through a are living broadcast of a Reds doubleheader in opposition to the Kansas Town Royals.
“The Cincinnati Reds group is devastated by means of the horrific, homophobic commentary made this night by means of broadcaster Thom Brennaman,” the crew stated in a remark. “He was once pulled off the air, and efficient in an instant was once suspended from doing Reds declares.”
The Reds stated the group deliberate to handle Mr. Brennaman’s remarks with its broadcast crew within the coming days. The crew stated that it embraced a “zero-tolerance coverage” in opposition to bias and discrimination and that “we’re in point of fact sorry to any individual who has been angry.”
“On no account does this incident constitute our avid gamers, coaches, group, or our fanatics,” the crew stated. “We proportion our sincerest apologies to the L.G.B.T.Q.+ neighborhood in Cincinnati, Kansas Town, all throughout this nation, and past.”
Mr. Brennaman, 56, was once suspended after movies circulated broadly on social media appearing him it seems that stuck on a are living mic on Wednesday night time describing a spot as “one of the most fag capitals of the sector.” It was once now not transparent the place he was once regarding.
After the slur was once broadcast, Mr. Brennaman segued right into a promotion of the Reds’ pregame display.
The remark stirred outrage on social media, with some fanatics calling for him to be fired. Later Wednesday night time, Mr. Brennaman apologized for his remarks, announcing he was once “deeply ashamed.”
“I don’t know if I’m going to be placing in this headset once more,” Mr. Brennaman stated within the on-air apology, which he briefly interrupted to announce a home run by the Reds’ Nick Castellanos. “I don’t know if it’s going to be for the Reds. I don’t know if it’s going to be for my bosses at Fox.”
Mr. Brennaman said he wanted to apologize to the “people who sign my paycheck,” to the Reds, to Fox Sports Ohio and to “anybody that I’ve offended here tonight.”
“I can’t begin to tell you how deeply sorry I am,” he said. “That is not who I am. It never has been. And I’d 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.”
Mr. Brennaman then said he was signing off and handing over announcing duties for the rest of the night to another longtime announcer at Fox Sports, Jim Day.
“It’s disturbing how casually and recklessly Brennaman used an anti-gay slur while wearing a microphone during a live broadcast,” Glaad, the L.G.B.T.Q. advocacy organization, said in a statement. “His ‘apology’ was also incredibly weak and not enough. We are demanding full accountability from @Reds, @MLB and @FOXSports.”
In a statement early Thursday morning, Mr. Brennaman apologized for “the inappropriate comments I made during last night’s telecast.”
“I made a terrible mistake,” he said. “To the L.G.B.T.Q. community, and all people I have hurt or offended, from the bottom of my heart, I am truly sorry. I respectfully ask for your grace and forgiveness.”
Fox Sports said in a statement on Thursday that it was “extremely disappointed” with Mr. Brennaman’s remarks, which it said were “abhorrent, unacceptable, and not representative of the values of FOX Sports.”
“As it relates to Brennaman’s FOX NFL role, we are moving forward with our NFL schedule, which will not include him,” the network said.
Major League Baseball did not respond to a message seeking comment on Wednesday night.
Chris Seelbach, the first openly gay member of the Cincinnati City Council, said it was “incredibly disappointing to hear Mr. Brennaman use such language of hate when our country is begging for unity.”
“The Brennaman family are Cincinnati sports icons with a powerful voice in our community, which makes it even more disgusting and totally unprofessional to hear such language used,” Mr. Seelbach wrote on Twitter on Wednesday night time. “The Reds were proud supporters in their L.G.B.T.Q.+ fanatics, and this language can’t be tolerated. Length.”
The son of Marty Brennaman, the primary broadcaster inducted into the Reds Corridor of Reputation, Thom Brennaman finished his 25th 12 months at Fox Sports activities in 2018, consistent with the community. He has been calling Main League Baseball video games for greater than 30 years, together with greater than 13 years as a member of the Reds’ TV and radio broadcast crew.
Mr. Brennaman’s slur was once simply the newest homophobic incident within the baseball global.
In 2017, the Toronto Blue Jays suspended outfielder Kevin Pillar for 2 video games after he shouted an anti-gay slur at Atlanta Braves reliever Jason Motte, who had struck Pillar out with a handy guide a rough pitch.
In 2018, Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb apologized for racist, homophobic and sexist tweets he had despatched as a young person. That 12 months Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader, who pitched within the All-Celebrity Sport, additionally apologized for racist and homophobic Twitter posts in 2011 that had surfaced all the way through the sport.