Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati Enquirer
Published 3: 56 p.m. ET Sept. 25, 2020 | Updated 4: 09 p.m. ET Sept. 25, 2020
Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman made an apology Wednesday evening after using a homophobic slur on air.
A little more than a month after Thom Brennaman was suspended for using a homophobic slur during a Cincinnati Reds broadcast, Brennaman confirmed to The Cincinnati Enquirer that he resigned from his job with the Reds and Fox Sports Ohio.
Brennaman apologized for the slur during the Fox Sports Ohio broadcast on Aug. 19, and then wrote a letter that was published in The Enquirer:
“I cannot erase what I have done,” Brennaman wrote. “The only thing I can do is humbly apologize, accept the consequences of my actions and resolve to be better and behave differently from now on.”
The incident occurred in the first game of a doubleheader when the hot mic caught the tail end of a sentence: “the (expletive) capital of the world.” Brennaman did not appear to realize his mic had picked up the slur and continued broadcasting until he left the broadcast midway through the second game of the doubleheader.
Brennaman was with the Reds for 14 seasons, joining their broadcasting team in 2007. After his on-air slur, he was removed from Fox’s NFL broadcasts before the start of the football season. This was his 33rd season announcing Major League Baseball games.
The Reds released a statement on Aug. 19 that the organization was “devastated by the horrific, homophobic remark made this evening by broadcaster Thom Brennaman. He was pulled off the air, and effective immediately was suspended from doing Reds broadcasts.
“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 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 said in a statement on Aug. 19: “The language that Thom Brennaman used this evening is hateful, offensive, and in no way reflects the values of FOX Sports Ohio. We agree with the Reds decision to suspend him until further notice.”