Thom Brennaman Response to Homophobic Slur
Former Cubs broadcaster Thom Brennaman speculated his long career may be in jeopardy after uttering a homophobic slur during a Cincinnati Reds telecast on Wednesday.
During the first game of a doubleheader between the Reds and Kansas City Royals, Brennaman—apparently unaware his microphone was live—was heard saying "one of the fag capital of the world" while coming out of a commercial break.
The remark came before the top of the seventh of that game, and by the fifth inning of the nightcap, Brennaman had delivered an apology and signed off the Reds broadcast.
"I don't know if I'll be putting on this headset again," Brennaman said in his apology. according to reports from ESPN and The Associated Press. "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. I will apologize for the people who sign my paycheck, for the Reds, for Fox Sports Ohio, for the people I work with, for anybody I've offended here tonight."
Brennaman added: "I can't tell you how deeply sorry I am. That is not who I am. It never has been. And I'd like to think that maybe I could have some people that could back that up. I am very, very sorry and I beg your forgiveness."
Brennaman, 56, called Cubs games from 1990 to '95 on TV and radio. He also had a stint with the Arizona Diamondbacks before returning to Cincinnati—where he began his MLB broadcast career—in 2007.