Cincinnati Reds say broadcaster Thom Brennaman resigns after anti-gay slur

Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman is shown in a Sept. 25, 2019, file photo.
Broadcaster Thom Brennaman, pictured in September of last year, used an anti-gay slur during a Fox Sports Ohio telecast last month.
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The Cincinnati Reds said Thom Brennaman has resigned as team broadcaster following his use of an anti-gay slur on-air last month.

Brennaman used the slur moments after the feed from the Fox Sports Ohio telecast returned from a commercial break before the top of the seventh inning in the first game of a doubleheader at Kansas City on Aug. 19.

Brennaman did not seem to realize he was already on air. He later apologized.

The 57-year-old was taken off the air before the fifth inning of the second game.


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“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 Chief Executive Bob Castellini said in a statement. “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.”

The son of Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman, Thom has called major league games for 33 years and has been with Fox Sports for the last 27, covering primarily baseball and football.

Fox Sports already had said that Brennaman wouldn’t call NFL games because of the slur.

Fox issued a statement Aug. 20 that said, “We are moving forward with our NFL schedule which will not include him.” The network also said Brennaman’s remarks were “abhorrent, unacceptable, and not representative of the values of Fox Sports.”