August 20, 2020

Thom Brennaman Makes Anti-Gay Comment on Hot Mic During Reds Game: Unaware he was on a hot mic, Cincinnati Reds announcer Thom Brennaman made a particularly nasty anti-gay comment on the air during Wednesday night's broadcast. He later made a distraught apology on the air, left the broadcast and was suspended. Neither he nor Fox Sports has revealed which city was the capital he referenced.

posted by rcade to baseball at 01:20 AM - 7 comments

I'm waiting for that part of the apology where he directly seeks the forgiveness of the LGBT community. And am also wondering when he admits to have wandering a few blocks east of Wrigley into Boys Town on a regular basis. Probably

posted by NoMich at 07:50 AM on August 20

The apology, where he paused mid-thought to call a homerun, was also quite bizarre.

posted by bender at 09:29 AM on August 20

Reds fans say he was talking about the San Francisco/Oakland World Series in the previous segment.

The apology home run call sounded almost like an SNL skit. All that was missing was the "this home run and apology is brought to you by Blue Emu, America's number one emu oil formula" tag at the end.

posted by grum@work at 09:42 AM on August 20

I'm waiting for that part of the apology where he directly seeks the forgiveness of the LGBT community.

Not doing that while calling himself "a man of faith" was a curious decision. Maybe he lacked the composure to apologize well as his career was imploding before his eyes. Or maybe he's comfortable talking like that and doesn't genuinely care if it hurt anybody.

posted by rcade at 12:28 PM on August 20

The apology with the homer was reminiscent of Chris Berman trying to get all serious talking about Ray Rice -- "Violence against women is a real scourge in this country and we should be taking this seriously. It's no time to minimize this grave ... AND THE PUNT IS BLOCKED!"

posted by holden at 11:01 AM on August 21

At one time there was a cartoon in the comic pages of the newspaper (remember them? ) called The Wizard of Id. It might still be around, but I haven't seen it. There were 4 main characters; The King; The Wizard; Sir Rodney, a knight who was often in trouble; and The Prisoner, who spent his life hanging in chains from the prison wall. In one episode The King, with a stranger in tow, meets Sir Rodney in the prison and introduces the stranger with, "This man is here to inspect the prison for roaches." Sir Rodney replies, "Certainly, sir, what kind would you like to see?" The last panel shows Sir Rodney hanging next to The Prisoner as The Prisoner says, "Your big mouth again?"

This cartoon needs to be looked at by anyone with a public voice before that person gets anywhere near a microphone or a keyboard.

posted by Howard_T at 04:13 PM on August 21

I love a good Wizard of Id take.

"Your highness, the peasants are revolting."

"I agree."

posted by rcade at 08:29 PM on August 21

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