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MLB Broadcaster Apologizes For Joke After Being Accused of Using Racial Undertones

During a broadcast of the New York Mets vs. Arizona Diamondbacks game on Tuesday, MLB announcer Bob Brenly made a comment regarding a head piece worn by Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman that sparked backlash because it reportedly had racist undertones.

Brenly compared the pitcher’s do-rag to the apparel of an older generation of baseball players. He clearly meant the comment in a jocular way, using stark contrast.

“Pretty sure that’s the same do-rag that Tom Seaver used to wear when he pitched for the Mets,” said Brenly during the live broadcast.

The Mets’ pitcher responded via Twitter on Tuesday evening with the following message: “Onward and upward…through all adversity and racist undertones. The climb continues through all!”

Bob Brenly’s comment was also addressed by Mets manager Luis Rojas. According to a report, Rojas admitted to feeling “very disappointed” by the comments—fully convinced of the racial implications. “If it was like a joke or something, I didn’t get it. That was my initial reaction to it. I think it’s completely inappropriate.”

Some fans have questioned whether there were any racist intent from the announcer since it was rather a innocuous statement.

Members of the MLB have since openly called for further discourse on race, though their outrage coincides with the sport’s decline in popularity. The league recently relocated the All-Star Game in response to Georgia voting legislation, which it also deemed racist, and the MLB’s experiment with polemic topics may soon lead the league down the same cautionary path as the NBA.

Providing some humanity to the situation, Brenly apologized for the comment in a statement released Wednesday after Stromen’s tweet.

“During last night’s game, I made a poor attempt at humor that was insensitive and wrong … I apologize to Marcus Stroman and have reached out directly to share those thoughts. I have had several conversations with the D-backs and we agree that seeking sensitivity training is an important step so I can continue to learn from my mistakes in order to be better in the future.”

Written by Alejandro Avila

Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Guided by Kevin Harlan on one shoulder, Eli Manning on the other, Alejandro joins the OutKick community with an authentic passion for sports, pop culture, America, and episodes of Jeopardy!

 

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  1. What is offensive? The term “do-rag”? Or using a hand me down article of clothing? Or playing for the Mets? I really don’t get the offense. Is it….I just don’t understand. You know, just because something is posted on Twitter or Facebook or a Team web site doesn’t make it worthy of time and effort to discuss. Let’s say the Astros had an article on their team web site or posted a Twitter poll on the most commonly used envelopes by each department in their corporate office. Who gives a crap right? Why is that relevant? It is NOT. To me, same thing. These are cognitive lambs that do not deserve to even be acknowledged. Just because someone brings up anything about the melanin in someone’s skin, the texture of their hair, shape or size of facial features does not mean its worthy of space. Why are we giving time and attention to bratty children? Ignore them, they are boring and irrelevant. They peddle hopelessness and fear to promote their brand. No thank you.

  2. MLB is getting like the NBA, letting the lunatics run the asylum. They will start to see ratings decline.

    What was racist about this comment? Grow up and get a backbone. I wouldn’t want this snowflake on my team. Sensitivity training? More like cancel culture indoctrination.

  3. So Brenly bent the knee completely, even though he made a statement entirely defensible about changing styles and the difference between a throwback era and today’s game.

    Sensitivity training? GTFOH with that. Another race-grifting job.

    As for Luis Rojas, how about bucking up a little bit and stopping with the fainting spell over something pretty innocuous? “Very disappointed.” Most people playing this woke game go through life looking for reasons to be “very disappointed,” as well as “deeply offended” and “saddened and hurt.” The trifecta of asserting leverage over other people’s free speech.

    Bunch of self-appointed hall monitors reporting the other kids to the principal. Supposed to leave that garbage back in grade school.

  4. It was clear it was meant as a joke and was essentially trying to point out that past players in the Weaver era didn’t wear Do Rags. Not that it should matter but I’m a Black Guy and thought it was funny and laughed out loud. Our society has become such Wussies that we can’t allow jokes to be funny anymore without accusing of something negative or taking some type of offense to it. I can’t wait for the Pendulum to swing back the other direction!

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