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#Thom Brennaman’s slur apology was awkwardly interrupted by Reds home run

#Thom Brennaman’s slur apology was awkwardly interrupted by Reds home run

August 20, 2020 | 8:19am | Updated August 20, 2020 | 9:03am

The Reds gave Thom Brennaman a chance to apologize Wednesday night on air after his homophobic slur was broadcast to Fox Sports Ohio viewers over a hot mic.

However, the 56-year-old’s mea culpa — for saying “one of the f-g capitals of the world,” to the shock of viewers — was interrupted by a Nick Castellanos home run to lead off the top of the fifth inning.

“I made a comment earlier tonight that I guess went out over the air that I am deeply ashamed of … I pride myself and think of myself as a man of faith,” Brennaman said as Castellanos launched an 0-1 pitch to left field, “as there’s a drive into deep left field by Castellanos that will be a home run and so that’ll make it a 4-0 ball game.”

Then Brennaman went right back to the apology, seemingly understanding the gravity of his mistake.

“I don’t know if I’ll be putting on this headset again,” said Brennaman, who was suspended by a “devastated” Reds franchise.

Brennaman, who is the son of legendary announcer Marty Brennaman, also works for Fox as an NFL play-by-play man and his future with the network is still undecided. He added a second apology on Thursday morning in a statement.

“I would like to sincerely apologize for the inappropriate comments I made during (Wednesday) night’s telecast,” Brennaman said. “I made a terrible mistake. To the LGBTQ community, and all people I have hurt or offended, from the bottom of my heart, I am truly sorry. I respectfully ask for your grace and forgiveness.”

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