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Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman has resigned his position as the team’s play-by-play guy on Fox Sports Ohio after being suspended in August for saying “one of the fag capitals of the world,” on a hot mic during a game in Kansas City.
Brennaman issued a rather awkward apology that night during the broadcast and has been suspended ever since. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Brennaman hopes to continue his broadcasting career, but that, for now, will not include work with Fox Sports on its NFL broadcasts. As part of his suspension, he was also yanked from that job.
“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. “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.”
“And if I’m given that opportunity, I will be a better broadcaster and a much better person.”
Reds owner Bob Castellini thanked Brennaman for his work and his efforts to make things right.
“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 millions of fans during his years in the booth.”
“The Reds respect Thom Brennaman’s decision to step away from the broadcast booth and applaud his heartfelt efforts of reconciliation with the LGBTQ+ community,” Castellini added in the statement.
Thom Brennaman surprises absolutely nobody pic.twitter.com/kZBWk1gxRJ
— Jackson Vose (@JV__19) August 19, 2020
Thom Brennaman apologized on-air and handed the broadcast off pic.twitter.com/fMXMmQz7Kd
— Stu Motown #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) August 20, 2020