Thom Brennaman Off Fox Sports NFL Schedule

Fox Sports announced today that Thom Brennaman will not be on their NFL broadcasting team this season, issuing the following statement:

“FOX Sports is extremely disappointed with Thom Brennaman’s remarks during Wednesday’s Cincinnati Reds telecast. The language used was abhorrent, unacceptable, and not representative of the values of FOX Sports. As it relates to Brennaman’s FOX NFL role, we are moving forward with our NFL schedule which will not include him.”  

We have asked Fox if this means he is out forever or if this might be something that is reevaluated after this season. A spokesperson declined to comment on his contract status.

As we wrote earlier, the Cincinnati Reds announced that they suspended Brennaman after he was heard saying “one of the fag capitals of the world” on a hot mic:

Here is the video of Brennaman on the hot mic:

Later in the broadcast, Brennaman apologized and left the booth:

“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’m so very, very sorry. 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.”

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. Always here about how were a nation of second chances sorry Thom not for you i mean you should have clocked your girlfriend and drug her out of an elevator or smacked your mom around or sponsored a vicious dog fighting ring.

  2. For perspective: Kobe Bryant screamed this word, — in combination with an F-bomb — at a REF during a game and it was picked up on National Television. He was fined $100k. HE APPEALED THE FINE and went on to become idolized by the NBA. Broadcaster Steve Kerr said:
    “Might wanna take the camera off of him for the children.”
    Also, Joakim Noah screamed this word at a fan and was fined $50k. He’s still in the league.
    Neither was suspended.
    Doesn’t excuse Brennaman at all. Just context.

    • Well said and good information, learned a few new things.

      Instead of firing the man they should’ve made him work the Cleveland Browns games this year; I guarantee he would never say that word again.

      • No excuse for it. But for good Christ does he have to pay for it with his career. The Kobe point is proper. Yells it out, and the whole little deal settling out of court on a rape allegation. His penalty – two jersey numbers retired, a statue (not sure if that has happened yet) and a bawl fest funeral service piped to the world on TV. And yes I feel terrible for those (including Kobe) who died. Unless this person has a history of despicable behavior he should be able to soldier on and have a career. Anyone who has a brain moderately operating in a competent condition would know this was a hateful comment. It’s not like if you let him go back to his job it will some how make this ok to say.

  3. Another reason not to watch the NFL this season. The man had an impeccable record and made a mistake. The PC mob claims another scalp. That’s what they are after. There is no room for grace and forgiveness and redemption if you’re not the right demographic. Maybe there’s room for him at OK if y’all expand your operations.

  4. For the record Herb, I was seated on the Laker bench directly behind Kobe when he made his comment about the Ref.. It was a running joke amongst the players that this particular Ref. was “gay” and they said he “ran like a Fag”. I bring this up only in this sense, the way the slur “rolled” off Brennaman’s tongue made it clear he was comfortable using it and comfortable with his audience. Just as it was comfortable for Laker players, including Kobe, to joke about this Referee. I wasn’t offended by Kobe’s remark just like I’m not offended by Brennaman’s. I do get insulted by apologies like that issued last night by Brennaman stating, ” people that know me know that’s not who I am”. That may be true but it is how you think. Kobe issued a very similar type apology. I rather you just own your remark and move on. Does he deserve a second chance? I think so. Kobe got more then one! Remember “all mics are hot”!

  5. Fox do the right thing and put him back on the NFL broadcast! Shame on those who are so judgmental, I have been around professional and non professional athletes they say some of the most offensive things, we still admire their skills, go figure!

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