Thom Brennaman, the Cincinnati Reds Announcer, suspended after he uses racial slur on the air during a doubleheader between the Reds and the Kansas City Royals at Kansas City, Missouri just after the commercial break the announcer uttered offensive homophobic comment.
The whole contest was broadcasted on Fox Sports Radio, Ohio and they support the Brennaman’s suspension decision by the Cincinnati Reds. On Twitter, they expressed with a tweet saying, “used this evening is hateful, offensive, and in no way reflects the values of FOX Sports Ohio.”
What Did Thom Brennaman Say?
The Fox Sports Radio ran a commercial somewhere in between the match and when the feed returned, Brennaman didn’t know his voice was on the air and said offensive words, “one of the f*g capitals of the world.” Right now, the reason behind him saying these words is unknown as if with whom he was speaking to.
After realizing what he said over the air, he later on the top of the fifth inning apologized to the audience saying, “A comment went out that I am deeply ashamed of. If I hurt anybody out there… from the bottom of my heart, I am so very sorry.” Later he added before the home run, “I pride myself and think of myself as a man of faith.”
Once the home run had been called, he then continued his statement, “I don’t know if I’m going to be putting on this headset again.” After that, he put forward apologizes to the people at his workplace and Fox Sports.
He then pulled off from the live broadcast after giving his last words of the apology, “That is not who I am and never has been, and I’d like to think maybe I could have some people that can back that up. I am very, very sorry, and I beg for your forgiveness.”
no way did this just happen, this is not real pic.twitter.com/6ou1BkAhYW
— paco (@AllaireMatt) August 20, 2020
The Cincinnati Reds responded immediately and suspended Thom Brennaman, and they issued a statement on Twitter saying that the organization was “devasted by the horrific, homophobic remark made this evening”.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 20, 2020
After Brennaman’s apology, the fans on the twitter reacted it and trended the hashtag, #FireThom. A tweet from the ESPN Radio says, “You know what you’re ashamed of? You’re ashamed that you got caught!” The social media users made it clear that they are not happy with what Brennaman said after the commercial or the words of apology.
“Based on your hateful tone, this was not the first time you used a gay slur, Thom Brennaman. It’s the first time you got caught,” words of another twitter user.
Thom Brennaman is a 56-year-old world-famous commentator and earned this fame with his over 30 years of experience in the field. He has served many big leagues and even his son, Marty Brennaman is also a broadcaster. He has vast following and till now managed to have a huge audience.
But now, most of the fans are not happy with his gay slur usage which can be again seen with this tweet saying, “An apology doesn’t plaster over what you said.”
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