Reds announcer Thom Brennaman uses a homophobic slur during broadcast

Reds announcer Thom Brennaman uses a homophobic slur during broadcast

Chris Seelbach, the first openly gay politician elected to the Cincinnati City Council, said on Twitter on Wednesday, "The Brennaman family are Cincinnati sports icons with a powerful voice in our community, which makes it even more disgusting and totally unprofessional to hear such language used".

In a video widely circulated on social media, Brennaman could be heard saying "one of the f- capitals of the world".

Brennaman did not seem to realise he was already on-air. Regardless, an absolutely abhorrent display and total lack of professionalism (via ESPN's Jeff Passan). I don't know if it's going to be for the Reds, I don't know if it's going to be for my bosses at FOX.

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett also condemned Brennaman's comments.

The organization stated that it was "devastated by the horrific, homophobic remark made [Wednesday] evening", while Fox Sports reiterated the sentiment.

"I don't know if I'll be putting on this headset again".

During the Reds' game with the Kansas City Royals on Fox Sports Ohio Wednesday, Brennaman was caught on a hot mic when the broadcast was coming out of a break.

The son of Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman, Thom has called major league games for 33 years and has been with Fox Sports for the past 27, covering primarily baseball and football.

Brennaman apologized at the top of the fifth inning of the second game, then was replaced immediately by announcer Jim Day.

"For anybody that I might've offended tonight, I can't begin to tell you how deeply sorry I am.and I beg for your forgiveness", he continued.

It's looking more and more like the long and distinguished career of one Thom Brennaman is on the ropes. And I'd like to think maybe I could have some people that could back that up. "If I have hurt anyone out there, I can't tell you how much I say from the bottom of my heart I am so very, very sorry. I'm sorry for what was said today". "I pride myself and think of myself as a man of faith", Brennaman said, before his apology was interrupted by a home run.

Brennaman did national games for Major League Baseball on FOX from 1996 to 2014, and he's also done play-by-play for the NFL on FOX.

Brennaman addressed what he said during the ballgame literally as a homer was being served up.

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