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Sports Reds broadcaster resigns amid suspension following anti-gay slur

01:25  26 september  2020
01:25  26 september  2020 Source:   thescore.com

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.

The Cincinnati Reds have announced the suspension of a broadcaster after he uttered an anti - gay slur on the air Wednesday.

(AP) — Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman has been suspended from working Cincinnati’s games after using an anti - gay slur on air Wednesday Brennaman used the slur moments after the Fox Sports Ohio feed returned from a commercial break before the top of the seventh inning in the first

Thom Brennaman wearing a suit and tie © Joe Robbins / Getty Images Sport / Getty

Suspended Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman resigned from his position after uttering an anti-gay slur during a live broadcast in mid-August.

"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 said in a statement obtained by Evan Millward of WCPO. "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."

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

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

Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman was suspended effective immediately from doing team broadcasts after he used an anti - gay slur during Cincinnati's game Wednesday night. Reds suspend broadcaster for using anti - gay slur .

Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman has been suspended from working Cincinnati’s games after using an anti - gay slur on air. 25, 2019, file photo, Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman sits in a special outside booth before the Reds ' baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in

He added: "I have been in this profession that I love for 33 years. It is my hope and intention to return. And if I'm given that opportunity, I will be a better broadcaster and a much better person."

Brennaman, who was unaware his mic was hot when he uttered the slur, had been with the Reds since 2006 prior to the incident.

"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," Reds CEO Bob Castellini announced Friday in a statement. "The Brennaman family has been an intrinsic part of the Reds history for nearly 50 years. We sincerely thank Thom for bringing the excitement of Reds baseball to millions of fans during his years in the booth."

Brennaman, 57, was participating in diversity, equity, and inclusion training before deciding to resign.

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