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Reds TV broadcaster Thom Brennaman resigns a month after hot mic anti-gay slur on-air

 

Thom Brennaman 2011 photo By Brian Baute, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

It’s a sad day in Cincinnati Reds history.

Most baseball fans thought that there would always be a Brennaman in the radio and TV booths.

Long-time Cincinnati Reds radio play-by-play broadcaster Marty Brennaman shocked every baseball fan when he announced his retirement before the 2019 season after 46 seasons after replacing Al Michaels in 1974.

That left his son, Thom, who had done games on the radio with dad, after taking over the TV duties in October of 2006.

All was well until that fateful night in Kansas City, Missouri. And now there are none anymore.

On August 19, 2020, while providing commentary on FOX Sports Ohio for the first game of a home doubleheader between the Reds and the Kansas City Royals, Brennaman was caught on a hot microphone referring to an undisclosed location as “one of the fag capitals of the world.” He was completely unaware that his microphone was live on the air.

The Reds management pulled him off the air during the second game after the fourth inning.

Later that night, the Reds announced that Brennaman had been suspended indefinitely pending an internal review.

The next day, Fox Sports announced that Brennaman would not be part of its NFL broadcast roster during 2020.

This past Friday, September 25th, the 57-year-old Brennaman announced his resignation from the Reds TV booth in a release to Cincinnati TV station WCPO and Evan Millwood.

HIS STATEMENT:

“My family and I have decided that I am going to step away from my role as the television voice of the Cincinnati Reds,” Brennaman wrote to WCPO. “I would like to thank the Reds, Reds fans and the LGBTQ Community for the incredible support and grace they have shown my family and me.

“To this great city, my hometown, a sincere thank you. No one loves this town more than me.”

“I have been in this profession that I love for 33 years,” Brennaman wrote in his statement. “And it is my hope and intention to return. And if I’m given that opportunity, I will be a better broadcaster and a much better person.

“I am grateful for the forgiveness so many have extended to me, especially those in the LGBTQ community who I have met, spoken with and listened to almost daily over the last five weeks. With their continued guidance, I hope to be a voice for positive change.”

THE REDS ISSUED A STATEMENT ON HIS RESIGNATION:

September 25, 2020

“The Reds respect Thom Brennaman’s decision to step away from the broadcast booth and applaud his heartfelt efforts of reconciliation with the LGBTQ+ community. The Brennaman family has been an intrinsic part of the Reds history for nearly fifty years. We sincerely thank Thom for bringing the excitement of Reds baseball to millions of fans during his years in the booth. And, we appreciate the warm welcome Thom showed our fans at Redsfest and on the Reds Caravan. He is a fantastic talent and a good man who remains part of the Reds family forever. We wish him well.”

– Reds CEO Bob Castellini

 

There is no doubt that Thom is a tremendous talent and will land on his feet and given another chance by the broadcasting industry.

 

 

 

 

 

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