Reds suspend broadcaster Thom Brennaman for insensitive comment

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Cincinnati Reds have suspended broadcaster Thom Brennaman early Thursday morning. During Wednesday’s doubleheader, Brennaman made an insensitive comment. 

After coming back from a commercial, the mic was hot and live. He then made a gay slur. 

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“One of the fag capitals of the world,” Brennaman said. “Reds Live, the pregame show, presented by Ray St. Clair Roofing.” 

The Reds removed Brennaman from the game. He is now suspended for the foreseeable future. At this time, it appears that he’s still employed by the team, as he was not fired. 

“The Cincinnati Reds organization is devastated by the horrific, homophobic remark made this evening by broadcaster Thom Brennaman,” the Reds said in a statement. “He was pulled off the air, and effective immediately suspended from doing Reds broadcasts. We will be addressing our broadcasting team in the coming days. In no way does this incident represent our players, coaches, organization, or our fans.

“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.”

Brennaman is the son of legendary broadcaster Marty Brennaman, who is in the Hall of Fame. The younger Brennaman has been calling Major League Baseball games for the past 33-years, including the last 14 seasons on Reds Radio and TV broadcasts.

He has also been employed by Fox Sports for the past 27 seasons for Baseball and Football.

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