Cincinnati Reds announcer apologizes after appearing to use homophobic slur on air

Warning: Tweets below contain harmful languageLongtime Cincinnati Reds announcer Thom Brennaman apologized after appearing to use a homophobic slur while live on air Wednesday, according to sources from ESPN. According to Jeff Passan, an MLB insider for ESPN, Brennaman was caught on a hot mic saying, “one of the (expletive) capitals of the world” while broadcasting during the Reds’ game against Kansas City. It’s unclear if Brennaman was aware that he was on air.Passan tweeted a video of Brennaman using the slur. Cincinnati city council member Chris Seelbach disapproved of Brennaman’s actions on Twitter saying: “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. The Reds have been proud supporters of their LGBTQ+ fans, and this language cannot be tolerated. Period. Cincinnati is leading the way for LGBTQ+ equality. We are on the right side of history and it’s incredibly disappointing to hear Mr. Brennaman use such language of hate when our country is begging for unity.”

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Longtime Cincinnati Reds announcer Thom Brennaman apologized after appearing to use a homophobic slur while live on air Wednesday, according to sources from ESPN.

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According to Jeff Passan, an MLB insider for ESPN, Brennaman was caught on a hot mic saying, “one of the (expletive) capitals of the world” while broadcasting during the Reds’ game against Kansas City. It’s unclear if Brennaman was aware that he was on air.

Passan tweeted a video of Brennaman using the slur.

Cincinnati city council member Chris Seelbach disapproved of Brennaman’s actions on Twitter saying: “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. The Reds have been proud supporters of their LGBTQ+ fans, and this language cannot be tolerated. Period. Cincinnati is leading the way for LGBTQ+ equality. We are on the right side of history and it’s incredibly disappointing to hear Mr. Brennaman use such language of hate when our country is begging for unity.”