Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman has apologized for using a homophobic slur during Wednesday’s game against the Kansas City Royals. In a clip that has circulated around social media, Brennaman was heard saying the slur moments after the Fox Sports Ohio broadcast returned from a commercial break before the top of the seventh inning. The 56-year-old sportscaster didn’t appear to realize he was already on air when he said, “One of the [expletive] capitals of the world.”
By the fifth inning of the second game of a doubleheader, Brennaman issued an apology for using the slur. Before signing off and turning over play-by-play duties to Jim Day, Brennaman said, “I made a comment earlier tonight that I guess went out over the air that I am deeply ashamed of. 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.”
Thom Brennaman is the son of Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman, and has called MLB games for 33 years. He’s been a member of Fox Sports for the last 27 years.