In case you forgot, Thom Brennaman had a really dangerous day on August 19 of final 12 months. On the air whereas calling a Cincinnati Reds recreation, he apparently was unaware of a sizzling mic and was heard using a homophobic slur. Like, a extremely, actually dangerous one, with a extremely, actually dangerous tone. It’s unclear what spurred his remark, however you possibly can hear him fairly clearly saying “one of many f*g capitals of the world” — and so who cares what spurred it?
On prime of that, the “Thomophobic” slur was used between video games of a double-header, which means he was slated to be again on the mic shortly thereafter to name one other recreation. He made an apology on the air through the second recreation:
“I made a remark earlier tonight that, I assume, went out over the air, that I’m deeply ashamed of. If I’ve harm anybody on the market, I can’t inform you how a lot I say from the underside of my coronary heart, I’m so very, very sorry. I satisfaction myself and consider myself as a person of religion.”
After which got here the half that became a meme. He broke from his apology to say “as there’s a drive to deep left discipline by [Nick] Castellanos and it’ll be a house run, and in order that’ll make it a 4-0 ballgame.”
“I don’t know if I’ll be placing on this headset once more,” he continued after pausing for the home-run name.
“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 need to apologize for the people who signal my paycheck — for the Reds, for Fox Sports activities Ohio, for the folks I work with, for anyone I’ve offended tonight. I can’t start to inform you how deeply sorry I’m. That’s not who I’m, it by no means has been. I’d wish to assume that I’ve some folks that would again that up. I’m very, very sorry and I encourage on your forgiveness.”
Brennaman was instantly suspended and later fired. As he assumed can be the case, he hasn’t put the headset again on once more since.
Enter ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, persevering with to try to dig himself out of the bullshit he put himself in along with his Shohei Ohtani statements earlier this week (and, one way or the other, he’s nonetheless on the air, which is disgusting). Smith issued his own apology.
Enter Marty Brennaman, father of Thom and himself a former Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, who felt the necessity to reply.
Right here’s the factor, Marty. Your son used a horrific slur on the air. He completely deserves to have misplaced his job. Smith most likely does as nicely, however sadly, ESPN is extra involved with scores than integrity, so that they’ll slap him on the wrist and never even go so far as to droop him from the community. When tens of millions of individuals (in Smith’s case) and all 72 Reds followers tuning in for a midweek matinee recreation (in Thom’s case) are watching, there’s a accountability for the phrases and ideologies being introduced to the viewers and listeners. Hateful feedback can’t be tolerated.
Folks want and deserve the chance to develop and study, however it doesn’t imply they deserve a possibility to proceed holding the microphone and/or serving because the voice of a group. All ESPN accomplishes by protecting Smith on the air is condoning the rhetoric that he shared. The Cincinnati Reds and Fox Sports activities Ohio bought it proper by transferring on from Thom Brennaman. Sadly, ESPN is just too cowardly to do the identical. And Marty Brennaman is just too “get off my garden” to care.