Reds' Amir Garrett, Matt Bowman Support LGBTQ Community Post-Broadcaster Comment

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 20, 2020

Cincinnati Reds' Amir Garrett (50) prepares to throw during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Saturday, July 25, 2020. The Tigers won 6-4. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
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Cincinnati Reds play-by-play announcer Thom Brennaman was removed from the team's broadcast Wednesday night after a hot mic caught him using a homophobic slur, per Jill Martin of CNN.com.

After the game, Reds players Matt Bowman and Amir Garrett tweeted messages of support for the LGBTQ community:

Matt Bowman @bowmandernchief

LGBTQ+ community, as a member of the Reds organization, I am so sorry for the way you were marginalized tonight. There will always be a place for you in the baseball community and we are so happy to have you here.

CountOnAG @Amir_Garrett

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.

The Reds also released the following statement, noting that Brennaman has been suspended and the team would be "addressing" its broadcasting team in the upcoming days:

Cincinnati Reds @Reds


Brennaman used the slur between games of a doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals. After it went viral on social media, he began apologizing in the top of the fifth inning during the second game.

"I made a comment earlier tonight that I guess went out over the air that I am deeply ashamed of," he said. "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."

That statement was interrupted by a Nicholas Castellanos solo home run, which Brennaman called, before continuing his apology:

"I don't know if I'm going to be putting on this headset again. 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 want to apologize for the people who sign my paycheck, for the Reds, for Fox Sports Ohio, for the people I work with. For anybody that I've offended here tonight, I can't begin to tell you how deeply sorry I am. That is not who I am and never has been, and I'd like to think maybe I could have some people that can back that up. I am very, very sorry and I beg for your forgiveness."

Matt Barnes @Matt_NBC4

Thom Brennaman’s apology. Comes with the incredibly awkward call of a home run as well. https://t.co/nK8TI9Wk1g

Field reporter Jim Day replaced Brennaman in the booth for the remainder of the game.