Thom Brennaman resigns from Cincinnati Reds games after using anti-gay slur
Thom Brennaman has resigned as a Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, he told WCPO on Friday, one month after he used an anti-gay slur on the air.
“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 to the network. “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.”
On Aug. 19, 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 game of a doubleheader at Kansas City. Brennaman did not seem to realize he was already on air. He later apologized.
The Reds took Brennaman off the broadcast in the fifth inning of the second game, handing his duties to alternate play-by-play man Jim Day.
On Friday, Brennaman said he was “so very sorry” for his comment and hoped to continue as a broadcaster.
“And if I’m given that opportunity, I will be a better broadcaster and a much better person.” Brennaman, 57, said in his statement.
In a statement Friday, Reds CEO Bob Castellini said the team respects Brennaman’s decision and “applaud his heartfelt efforts of reconciliation with the LGBTQ+ community.”
“The Brennaman family has been an intrinsic part of the Reds history for nearly fifty years,” Castellini said. “We sincerely thank Thom for bringing the excitement of Reds baseball to million of fans during his years in the booth.”