MLB Broadcaster Suspended After Dropping Homophobic Slur On the Air
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A broadcaster has been suspended after he said a homophobic slur on the air during the Cincinnati Reds vs. Kansas City Royals game Wednesday night.

As reported by TMZ, announcer Thom Brennaman uttered the hateful word before reading a promo for the Reds Live Pregame Show.

"One of the --- capitals of the world,” he said, apparently not realizing that his mic was on.

Though the context of his comment is unclear, the controversial clip circulated on social media within a matter of minutes.

Later in the broadcast, Brennaman — who has been working for the Reds since 2006 — issued an apology, saying he was “deeply ashamed of” his remarks.

"I made a comment earlier tonight that I guess went out over the air that I am deeply ashamed of," he said. "If I have hurt anyone out there, I can't tell you how much I say from the bottom of my heart I'm so very, very sorry. I pride myself and think of myself as a man of faith."

"I want to apologize for the people who sign my paycheck, for the Reds, for Fox Sports Ohio, for the people I work with. For anybody that I've offended here tonight, I can't begin to tell you how deeply sorry I am," he continued. "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."

Per People, Brennaman ended his shift early.

Wednesday night on Twitter, the Reds issued a statement condemning Brennaman’s “horrific” comments, and announced he was “suspended from doing Reds broadcasts” effective immediately.

“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 statement read. "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."

Fox Sports Ohio also released a statement applauding the Reds’ decision to suspend Brennaman.

Additionally, Reds pitchers Amir Garrett and Matt Bowman wrote messages in solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community.

Brennaman has been announcing MLB games since the '90s, and has worked major football events like the 2008 Sugar Bowl and the 2011 Pro Bowl.


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