New on Sports Illustrated: Reds Broadcaster Thom Brennaman Appears to Use Homophobic Slur on Air

August 20, 2020 at 06:24AM

Reds play-by-play announcer Thom Brennaman appeared to utter a homophobic slur during a Reds broadcast Wednesday.

Reds play-by-play announcer Thom Brennaman appeared to utter a homophobic slur during Wednesday's Reds doubleheader vs. the Royals.

In a clip that circulated on social media, Brennaman appears to say

“One of the [homophobic slur] capitals of the world" prior to previewing the second game in Wednesday's doubleheader.

According to the Associated Press, the incident in question appear to occur as the Fox Sports Ohio broadcast returned from a commercial break before the top of the seventh inning in the first game of the doubleheader. 

Brennaman remained on air for the second game. 

The full context of the audio is unclear and it is also unclear if Brennaman was aware that his microphone was on.

Three weeks ago, Brennaman mistakenly reported on a broadcast that former MLB All-Star outfielder Jack Clark had died. He later apologized for the error.

Brennaman attended high school in Cincinnati and Ohio University. He was hired as a Reds broadcaster in 2006 and been with FOX Sports for the past 27 years, per the AP. His father, Marty Brennaman, was a longtime sports broadcaster who is best known for being the play-by-play voice of the Reds. In 2000, Marty Brennaman won the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually by the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and he broadcast his final game on Sept. 26, 2019.

Thom, 56, is also a broadcaster for the NFL on FOX.

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