Reds broadcaster Brennaman resigns after homophobic slur

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By RADIO.COM

Fox Sports announcer Thom Brennaman, suspended since using an anti-gay slur on a hot mic in August, has reportedly resigned from the Cincinnati Reds broadcast booth.

Brennaman, who was taken off the air mid-game after he was heard using the word "fag" when a Reds broadcast was returning from commercial break, said he was stepping down in a statement to Cincinnati TV station WCPO.

“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. “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."

The veteran sportscaster, whose father is the legendary Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman, was suspended soon after the Aug. 19 incident, which occurred during the first game of a doubleheader between the Reds and Royals in Kansas City. Brennaman was calling the game remotely owing to travel restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 57-year-old play-by-play announcer has been off-air since he issued an awkward apology and handed off broadcast duties to a colleague during the second game of the doubleheader.

It was unclear if Brennaman was resigning altogether from Fox Sports entities, or merely the Reds broadcast booth, which airs on the regional Fox Sports Ohio network. Brennaman has also been a fixture of Fox's NFL coverage, though the network said in August he would not appear on any broadcasts for the 2020 season.

Brennaman's statement reiterated that he hopes the incident doesn't mark the end of his career.

“I have been in this profession that I love for 33 years,” he wrote. “It is my hope and intention to return. And if I'm given that opportunity, I will be a better broadcaster and a much better person.“

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