Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman utters homophobic slur during pregame show

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 14: Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 14: Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /

Thom Brennaman used homophobic language on air.

Cincinnati Reds TV voice Thom Brennaman might’ve thought that the low point of his 2020 season was incorrectly announcing that former MLB All-Star Jack Clark passed away, but what he said in the pregame show prior to a Reds matchup against the Kansas City Royals was deplorable.

Brennaman, unaware that he was on air, used a homophobic slur when describing the city of Kansas City. Considering the confidence with which he said that word, it might be difficult to claim he was misheard.

Thom Brennaman might not have his job much longer

UPDATE: With Twitter blowing up over this horrible incident, Brennaman apologized on the air in the top of the fifth inning and left the broadcast for the rest of the night.

Brennaman, who also is a veteran member of FOX’s NFL team, is the son of Cincinnati royalty, as his dad Marty was a broadcaster with the Reds from 1974 until 2019 when he retired. Thom himself was the first voice of the Arizona Diamondbacks before joining the Reds team in 2006. One has to wonder how much longer he has left after this embarrassing, insulting mistake.

Not only did Brennaman commit the worst gaffe of his broadcasting career, but he was still allowed to broadcast that game, apparently unaware of the firestorm he created with his divisive, foul language.

Brennaman will have to answer for this after the game, as will FOX for allowing him to continue broadcasting in the immediate aftermath. The “#FireThom” movement has already started, as the comments under this tweet from FOX Sports Cincinnati already show:

Brennaman might have one of the most desirable jobs in broadcasting, but FOX has to reconsider things after his homophobic potty mouth landed him in serious trouble.

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