Play-by-play announcer Thom Brennaman says he is resigning from being the voice of the Reds, Brennaman told WCPO Ohio’s Evan Millward.
“My household and I have decided that I am going to step far from my role as the television voice of the Cincinnati Reds,” Brennaman composed to WCPO. “I would like to thank the Reds, Reds fans and the LGBTQ Neighborhood for the extraordinary assistance and grace they have shown my household and me.”
“I have been in this occupation that I enjoy for 33 years. It is my hope and intention to return. And if I’m considered that opportunity, I will be a better broadcaster and a better person.”
In a clip that circulated on social media, Brennaman was heard saying, “One of the [anti-LGBTQ slur] capitals of the world” prior to previewing the second game in Wednesday’s doubleheader.The incident occurred as the Fox Sports Ohio broadcast returned from a business break prior to the top of the seventh inning in the very first video game of the doubleheader. Brennaman stayed
on air for the start of the 2nd video game, however he was gotten rid of mid-game from the broadcast.
On the night of the incident, the Reds released a statement apologizing for Brennaman’s comments and said the commentator has been suspended indefinitely.In the wake of the occurrence, he has actually asked forgiveness on a series of platforms, including in a written letter in the Cincinnati Enquirer.Brennaman, who was employed as
a Reds broadcast in 2006, was also previously a broadcaster for the NFL on FOX. However, following the event on Aug. 20, FOX chose not to include him in their NFL coverage.