Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman used a homophobic slur Wednesday that was caught by a live microphone during the first game of a doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals. Brennaman then signed off midway during the second game, issuing an apology and asking for forgiveness.
The hot mic captured Brennaman’s slur when the FOX Sports Ohio broadcast returned from a commercial break for the top of the seventh inning. The 33-year veteran announcer and son of Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman stayed on air until the top of the fifth of the following contest, when he announced that he would be signing off.
“I made a comment earlier tonight that I guess went out over the air that I am deeply ashamed of,” Brennaman said. “If I have hurt anyone out there, I can’t tell you how much I say from the bottom of my heart I am so very, very sorry. I pride myself and think of myself as a man of faith.
“I don’t know if I’ll be putting on this headset again. I don’t know if it’s gonna be for the Reds, I don’t know if it’s gonna be for my bosses at FOX. I will apologize for the people who sign my paycheck, for the Reds, for FOX Sports Ohio, for the people I work with, for anybody that I’ve offended here tonight, I can’t begin to tell you how deeply sorry I am. That is not who I am and never has been and I’d like to think maybe I can have some people that could back that up. I am very, very sorry and I beg for your forgiveness.”
Jim Day took over for Brennaman to announce the rest of the game.