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Entertainment Cincinnati Reds Play-By-Play Veteran Thom Brennaman Resigns After On-Air Slur

02:15  26 september  2020
02:15  26 september  2020 Source:   deadline.com

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Thom Brennaman has resigned from his role as a Cincinnati Reds play - by - play announcer for FOX Sports Ohio just over a month after getting Brennaman said: 'I would like to thank the Reds , fans and the LGBTQ community for the incredible support and grace they have shown my family and me'.

WARNING - CONTAINS OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE: Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman used a homophobic slur during a Reds doubleheader Wednesday night.

Thom Brennaman sitting at a table using a laptop © AP Photo/John Minchillo

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Longtime Cincinnati Reds TV broadcaster Thom Brennaman resigned Friday from the team and from Fox Sports Ohio a little more than a month after he was suspended for uttering an anti-gay slur on an open mic during a broadcast. He exits the role as the MLB franchise’s play-by-play announcer he has held since 2007

The incident occurred during the broadcast of a Reds-Kansas City Royals doubleheader August 19. Brennaman was picked up by a microphone after returning from a commercial break during Game 1 and, seemingly not aware that he was on the air, made the derogatory slur.

Cincinnati Reds Announcer Thom Brennaman Resigns After On-Air Homophobic Slur

  Cincinnati Reds Announcer Thom Brennaman Resigns After On-Air Homophobic Slur Play-by-play announced Thom Brennaman has resigned from his position with the Cincinnati Reds after being caught using a homophobic slur on air last month. "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 told WCPO Ohio in a written statement. "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." Brennaman was suspended last month after he was caught using the slur on a hot mic during an Aug. 19 broadcast.

Cincinnati Reds television broadcaster Thom Brennaman prior to a game on June 16, 2017 in Cincinnati , Ohio. Joe Robbins/Getty Images. Fox Sports Ohio play - by - play broadcaster Thom Brennaman revealed himself to be comfortable using homophobic language, torpedoed his career

“The Cincinnati Reds organization is devastated by the horrific, homophobic remark made this evening by broadcaster Thom Brennaman ,” the Reds said Read original story Cincinnati Reds Announcer Thom Brennaman Suspended Mid-Game After Using Homophobic Slur on Air (Video) At TheWrap.

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He later apologized during the broadcast but exited midway through Game 2 and was suspended by the Reds and Fox Sports Ohio soon after.

Brennaman has called major league games for 33 years, 27 of them with Fox Sports. He is the son of Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman, a Reds icon.

“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 team said in a statement today confirming his exit. “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.”

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