Fox Sports announced Thursday that it will not feature Thom Brennaman on its NFL game broadcasts after the play-by-play announcer was caught using a homophobic slur while broadcasting Wednesday night’s Cincinnati Reds game in Kansas City.
“FOX Sports is extremely disappointed with Thom’s remarks during Wednesday’s Cincinnati Reds telecast,” Fox said in a statement (via Pro Football Talk). “The language used was abhorrent, unacceptable, and not representative of the values of FOX Sports. As it relates to Brennaman’s FOX NFL role, we are moving forward with our NFL schedule which will not include him.”
Brennaman, 56, could be heard at the beginning of Wednesday night’s broadcast saying “one of the f— capitals of the world” without context, evidently not realizing his mic was hot. He delivered an awkward on-air apology before he was taken off the broadcast.
The Reds on Wednesday night announced that they had suspended Brennaman, and Fox Sports Ohio said it supported the team’s decision. MLB had not commented on the matter as of Thursday afternoon.
Fox will replace Brennaman on its NFL broadcast team that features analyst Chris Spielman and reporter Shannon Spake. Fox did not say who would fill Brennaman’s role as play-by-play announcer.
Brennaman’s father Marty is in the broadcasters’ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame. The elder Brennaman retired in 2019 after more than four decades as an announcer for the Reds.
The NFL season is scheduled to start Thursday, Sept. 10 with the first full slate of Sunday games on Sept. 13.
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