UPDATED 8/20, 4:05 p.m. ET: Brennaman has been removed from FOX's NFL broadcasts, ProFootballTalk reports.
“FOX Sports is extremely disappointed with Thom’s remarks during Wednesday’s Cincinnati Reds telecast,” the network said in a statement. “The language used was 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.”
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Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman was caught on a live mic blurting out a homophobic slur during Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals.
While we will not spell out exactly what he said, here are a few takeaways from Brennaman’s comment: 1) It’s not one of these "maybe we misinterpreted what was said" moments. You can't miss it, and it's as clear as day; 2) This guy really said the word with conviction, which eliminates the well-worn slip of the tongue excuse.
Brennamann joined his father Marty in the broadcasting studio for the Reds in 2006. That same year, he also served as lead play-by-play announcer for FOX's coverage of the Bowl Championship Series. He has also intermittently called NFL games. With all this broadcast experience under his belt, why would Brennamann not always remember one of the most important rules in the profession?
Shortly after footage of Brennamann saying the slur surfaced online, people took to social media to call for his firing.
Thom Brennaman should never call another baseball game again and I don’t think there’s a lot of room for discussion here— Jarrett Seidler (@jaseidler) August 19, 2020
I was one of the few who actually didn’t mind Thom Brennaman but what he said tonight was so nasty, so unacceptable to the LGBTQ community that he needs to be fired NOW. Absolutely no excuse for anyone to think or speak that way— Lorie Terry (@redsgirlterry) August 19, 2020
Later in the game, Brennaman apologized, also while on air, saying that he was "deeply ashamed" for the slur. He was then pulled from announcing.
Holy shit. He stopped mid-apology to call a homer and then got pulled off the air. pic.twitter.com/NJXAo3z9Py— Bobby Reagan (@BarstoolReags) August 20, 2020
"I am very, very sorry. I beg for your forgiveness." Jim Day will be the play-by-play announcer for the rest of the game. Chris Welsh told Brennaman that he's a good man and to hang in there. #Reds— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) August 20, 2020
Reds pitcher Amir Garrett took to Twitter to comment on it all and voice his support to the LGBTQ community. "To the LGBTQ community just know I am with you, and whoever is against you, is against me," Garrett wrote. "I'm sorry for what was said today."
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