CINCINNATI — Players, reporters, and personalities across the sports world took to social media Wednesday night and into Thursday following the suspension of Thom Brennaman after he used a homophobic slur during a Cincinnati Reds broadcast.
After the game, Reds relief pitcher Amir Garrett tweeted “To the LGBTQ community, just know I am with you, and whoever is against you, is against me. I’m sorry for what was said today.”
Garrett also retweeted a statement from Matt Bowman, a member of the Reds organization, who also expressed regret for the word used by Brennaman.
Much of the social media conversation outside Brennaman’s use of the word was his apology on-air before being pulled from the broadcast. During Brennaman’s apology, Reds right fielder Nick Castellanos hit a solo home run, extending the Reds’ lead to 4-0. During Brennaman’s apology, he paused to call the home run.
“I made a comment earlier tonight that I guess went out over the air that I am deeply ashamed of. If I have hurt anyone out there, I can’t tell you how much I say from the bottom of my heart I’m so very, very sorry. I pride myself and think of myself as a man of faith - as there’s a drive into deep left field by Castellanos that will be a home run. And so that will make it a 4-0 ballgame. I don’t know if I’m gonna be putting on this headset again. I don’t know if it’s gonna be for the Reds. I don’t know if it’s gonna be for my bosses at Fox,” Brennaman said during his apology.
On social media the hashtag #FireThom started trending, with many users calling for Brennaman to be fired and removed immediately from future broadcasts.
After Brennaman issued his on-air apology he was replaced by Jim Day, an occasional play-by-play broadcaster, but normally serves as a reporter and pre and post game host.