Reds suspend broadcaster for making homophobic slur on the air

Longtime Cincinnati Reds and Fox Sports broadcaster Thom Brennaman was suspended by the team Wednesday for uttering a homophobic slur on the air as he broadcast a game in Kansas City and, in an apology, said of his future, “I don’t know if I’m going to be putting on this headset again.”

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During the first game of a Reds-Royals doubleheader, Brennaman appeared to be unaware that Fox Sports Ohio had come out of a commercial break.

He was heard on the air saying, “One of the f– capitals of the world.” Then, after a pause, Brennaman read a promotion for his network’s pregame show, and he went on to call the first four innings of the second game of the doubleheader, while clips of that sequence went viral.

In a statement late Wednesday night, the Reds said their organization was “devastated by the horrific, homophobic remark” made by Brennaman. “He was pulled off the air, and effective immediately was suspended from doing Reds broadcasts.”

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