Reds announcer Thom Brennaman leaves broadcast after dropping homophobic slur

By Vincent Frank
Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman is handed an authenticated, game-used baseball from his son, Thom, before he takes the field for postgame ceremonies commemorating his retirement after 46 years in the booth, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Marty Brennaman S Last Day Sept 26

Longtime Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman is likely out of a job after spending the better part of the past three-plus decades calling sporting events throughout the United States.

Brennaman was caught on a hot mic during Cincinnati’s game against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday evening dropping a homophobic slur. In reference to an unknown location, Brennaman called it “one of the fag capitals of the world.”

That’s in no way acceptable. There’s no defense for this.

Even before the game was over, Brennaman took to the mic on Fox Sports Ohio to offer up an apology before leaving the broadcast booth…probably for good.

“I pride myself and think of myself as a man of faith. I don’t know if I’m going to be putting on this headset again,” he said. “I am very, very sorry. I beg for your forgiveness.”

There’s no word yet on what type of discipline Brennaman will be facing. However, a leading figure within the Cincinnati LGBTQ community spoke out following these hurtful comments.