Cincinnati Reds suspend Thom Brennaman
The Cincinnati Reds have announced the suspension of a broadcaster after he spoke out about his anti-gay affliction on Wednesday.
Playwright Thom Brenman can be heard on Fox Sports Ohio saying, “One of the Capitals of the World,” before resuming his duties live. It’s unclear what triggered this remark and the context behind it.
Steinlight Media released a statement on behalf of Brennaman.
“I want to sincerely apologize for the inappropriate comments I made on the TV show last night. I made a huge mistake. For the LGBTQ community, all of the people I have hurt or offended, from the bottom of my heart I am so sorry. I respectfully ask for your mercy and forgiveness. ”
The comment came after a commercial break during a double game between the Reds and the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Reds released a statement, saying “the organization has been destroyed by the horrific anti-gay remark.”
The Reds were banned from showing in Game 5 of Game 2, and he handed over his duties to the other Jim Day to play.
“The Cincinnati Reds organization has been devastated by the horrific anti-gay remarks made tonight by broadcaster Tom Brennaman,” the team said in a statement. “He was taken off the air, and immediately suspended from the Reds show. We’ll be speaking to our broadcast team in the coming days.
“This incident does not represent our players, coaches, organization or fans in any way. We share our sincere apologies to the LGBTQ + community in Cincinnati, Kansas City, across this country and beyond. The Reds adopt a policy of tolerance zero for the prejudice or discrimination of any Gentile and very sorry for any offended. ”
Fox Sports Ohio said in a statement he agreed with the comment, adding that Brennaman’s statement was “odious and offensive and in no way reflected the values of the network.”
Brennaman opened Game 5 with an apology addressing directly to the camera before handing over play-to-play tasks.
“I made a comment earlier tonight I think it’s on the air and I’m very ashamed of it,” he said. “If I hurt someone over there I can’t tell you what I’m saying from the bottom of my heart, I’m so sorry.
After pausing to announce housekeeping for Cincinnati’s Nick Castellanos, Thom Brennaman added, “I don’t know if I’ll ever wear this helmet,” and apologizes to the Reds, Fox Sports and his colleagues.
Prince Jarrett, the savior of the Reds, tweeted about Thom Brennaman words soon after Game 2 ended:
He wrote: “As for the LGBTQ community, I only know that I am with you, and anyone who opposes you is against me.” “I’m sorry for what was said today.”
Matt Bowman, another Cincinnati rescue player, also tweeted in support of the LGBTQ community, writing: “As a member of the Reds, I am so sorry for how this has been marginalized tonight. There will always be a place for you in the baseball community and we are so happy to have you. Here “.
Announcers for the Thom Brennaman and Reds operated from Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, although the double header against the Royals took place in Kansas City, Missouri. Teleports have become the norm in the Baseball big league this year due to coronavirus protocols.
Marty Brennaman’s son, the son of Hall of Fame announcer Thom, 56, has invited Thom, 56, to major league games for 33 years and has worked for Fox Sports for 27 years, mainly covering the baseball and football.
“I can’t tell you how sorry I am,” Thom Brennaman said. “This is not who I am and what I never was. I would like to think that maybe I can have people who can support this. I am so sorry and I hope to forgive you.”
Marty Brenneman told The Enquirer on Wednesday night: “As a father, I was hurt for him. What he said didn’t reflect who Tom Brennaman is. I know it isn’t him. But I am also horrified by the people he misinterpreted. ”
report by cnn