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20 August 2020 06:40

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Cincinnati Reds suspend broadcaster Thom Brennaman after he uttered anti-gay slur on air

(CNN) The Cincinnati Reds have announced the suspension of a broadcaster after he uttered an anti-gay slur on the air Wednesday. Play-by-play announcer Thom Brennaman could be heard saying on the Fox Sports Ohio broadcast, "One of the f*g capitals of the world," before then resuming his on-air duties. The Reds released a statement, saying that the "organization is devastated by the horrific, homophobic remark." Brennaman "was pulled off the air, and effective immediately was suspended from doing Reds broadcasts," the organization said in the statement. Longtime Reds TV play-by-play man Thom Brennaman left the booth during the nightcap of a doubleheader on Wednesday against Kansas City and it might be on a permanent basis. Toward the end of the broadcast of the first game of the doubleheader, Brennaman was heard using a gay slur.

Brennaman began broadcasting the second game of the doubleheader, but during the game, he issued an apology and left the booth (video here). The Cincinnati Reds organization is devastated by the horrific, homophobic remark made this evening by broadcaster Thom Brennaman. He's the son of legendary radio play-by-play man Marty Brennaman, who is actually being inducted into the Reds' Hall of Fame in 2021, an announcement that was made on Wednesday by the club. Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman has been suspended from working Cincinnati's games after using an anti-gay slur on air Wednesday night, prompting the team to apologize for the "horrific, homophobic remark." The Reds took Brennaman off the broadcast in the fifth inning of the second game, handing his duties over to alternate play-by-play man Jim Day. "The Cincinnati Reds organization is devastated by the horrific, homophobic remark made this evening by broadcaster Thom Brennaman," the team said in a statement.

"He was pulled off the air, and effective immediately was suspended from doing Reds broadcasts. Fox Sports Ohio said in a statement that it agreed with the suspension, adding that Brennaman's remark was "hateful, offensive and in no way reflects the values" of the network. After pausing to announce a home run by Cincinnati's Nick Castellanos, Brennaman added: "I don't know if I'm going to be putting on this headset again" and apologized to the Reds, Fox Sports and his coworkers. Reds reliever Amir Garrett tweeted about Brennaman's words shortly after the end of the second game: Matt Bowman, another Cincinnati relief pitcher, also tweeted in support of the LGBTQ community, writing, "As a member of the Reds organization, I am so sorry for the way you were marginalized tonight. Brennaman and the Reds announcers were working from Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, even though the doubleheader against the Royals was in Kansas City, Missouri.

"I can't begin to tell you how deeply sorry I am," Brennaman said. Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman has been suspended from working Cincinnati's games after using an anti-gay slur on air Wednesday night, prompting the team to apologize for the "horrific, homophobic remark." Brennaman used the slur moments after the Fox Sports Ohio feed returned from a commercial break before the top of the seventh inning in the first game of a doubleheader at Kansas City. The Reds took the 56-year-old Brennaman off the broadcast in the fifth inning of the second game. "The Cincinnati Reds organization is devastated by the horrific, homophobic remark made this evening by broadcaster Thom Brennaman," the team said in a statement. "He was pulled off the air, and effective immediately was suspended from doing Reds broadcasts.

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 offended," it said. After pausing to announce a home run by Cincinnati's Nick Castellanos, Brennaman added: "I don't know if I'm going to be putting on this headset again" and apologized to the Reds, Fox Sports and his coworkers. Reds reliever Amir Garrett tweetedabout Brennaman's words shortly after the end of the second game: "LGBTQ+ community, as a member of the Reds organization, I am so sorry for the way you were marginalized tonight," injured Reds reliever Matt Bowman said on Twitter. Brennaman and the Reds announcers were working from Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, even though the doubleheader against the Royals was in Kansas City.

The son of Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman, Thom has called major league games for 33 years and has been with Fox Sports for the past 27, covering primarily baseball and football. "I can't begin to tell you how deeply sorry I am," Brennaman said. Alternate play-by-play man Jim Day took over the broadcast.