Reds Broadcaster Thom Brennaman Caught on Hot Mic Dropping a Casual Homophobic Slur (UPDATES)

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Reds Broadcaster Thom Brennaman Caught on Hot Mic Dropping a Casual Homophobic Slur (UPDATES)

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Long-time Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, former short-time Chicago Cubs broadcaster, Thom Brennaman is in serious and justified trouble.

While calling today Reds-Royals game, Brennaman was caught on a hot mic referring to some location with a homophobic slur (“f** capital of the world”).

I won’t try to create explanations for what he was trying to say, what he thought he was saying, on and on. What he said was quite clear, and whether it was a slip or not (I doubt it), he needs to be called out for this. Even if we weren’t talking about the baseball world where there are specific efforts to be inclusive, when you talk like this in casual conversation? You deserve to be publicly shamed. This kind of language and derision for other humans is abhorrent.

The Reds and their broadcast partner need to address this.

UPDATING AS I TYPE: Turns out Brennaman got bounced mid-game:

Now knowing for sure that he said what he said and he meant what he said, he’s done. When you drop that kind of thing just as part of your casual conversation, it really says a lot about you.

UPDATE 2: Here’s Brennaman’s on-air apology, which he paused to call a Nick Castellanos home run – unbelievable:

UPDATE 3: Statements from the Reds and Fox Sports Ohio, with Brennaman suspended until further notice:



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.