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Reds announcer Thom Brennaman
suspended after using homophobic slur

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Posted By: AltaD, 8/20/2020 7:56:19 AM

Thom Brennaman, the longtime play-by-play man for the Cincinnati Reds, was suspended indefinitely Wednesday and acknowledged his career might be over after video showed him using a homophobic slur on a hot mic earlier in the day. The 56-year-old Brennaman was pulled from the broadcast booth by the Reds after he said, “One of the f-g capitals of the world,” on the Fox Sports Ohio TV broadcast during the first game of a scheduled doubleheader in Kansas City. It was unclear what Brennaman was referring to. (Snip)The Reds in a statement announced the suspension and said they were “devastated by the horrific, homophobic remark.”


What an asinine overreaction to a harmless comment.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Hermoine 8/20/2020 7:58:34 AM (No. 515330)
Really, they were "devastated" by it? I hate to see what would happen to them if a real tragedy hit their organization.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Historybuff 8/20/2020 8:01:39 AM (No. 515332)
He should have said queer. I understand that’s cool again.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Aud 8/20/2020 8:10:10 AM (No. 515343)
Not to worry, he’ll be reinstated after a suitable stretch in a sensitivity re-education camp.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: DARling 8/20/2020 8:11:29 AM (No. 515348)
Good Lord, those people must be traumatized by the dust bunnies under their beds. I have lost count of all of the silly things that are supposed to devastate and traumatize us these days. As if every other person in that locker room hasn't used that same word.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Are You Serious 8/20/2020 8:12:54 AM (No. 515352)
Now if he had said that about practicing Catholics, he would have his job today.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Catfur27 8/20/2020 8:22:59 AM (No. 515364)
...He should sue the team !!...Clearly he was only referring to a city known for its English cigarettes !!!
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Reply 7 - Posted by: montwoodcliff 8/20/2020 8:27:16 AM (No. 515370)
San Francisco or Provincetown? Must have been SF because they have a baseball team.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: mizzmac 8/20/2020 8:31:22 AM (No. 515377)
He used vulgar language, but I don't understand what he was referring to, or how it's homophobic. Anyone?
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Reply 9 - Posted by: brother ram 8/20/2020 8:34:28 AM (No. 515383)
It is a Blazing Saddles reference - Slim Pickens said something to the effect of "dancing around like a bunch of Kansas City F@$$0Ts".
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Reply 10 - Posted by: RuckusTom 8/20/2020 8:35:34 AM (No. 515387)
Ahhhh !!! He offended the drama queens !!!! He must be destroyed! Ahhhh !!!
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Rotten in Denmark 8/20/2020 8:36:04 AM (No. 515388)
Don’t apologize, your history anyway for truth telling.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Muguy 8/20/2020 8:43:15 AM (No. 515398)
Someone was "offended". The 1st Amendment explained: "It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely." CONGRESS cannot restrict your freedom of speech, so the MEDIA MOB has decided to create law based on 'political correctness' to be the arbiter of what is right or wrong in society, EVEN IF something is offensive to others who might disagree, and ONLY their interpretation is correct and acceptable
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Reply 13 - Posted by: jntsrgn 8/20/2020 9:02:17 AM (No. 515425)
Dear world, everyone talks like that. Everyone.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: hammondb3 8/20/2020 9:09:14 AM (No. 515436)
Can we possibly get any more pussified?
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Flyball Dogs 8/20/2020 9:25:19 AM (No. 515460)
I didn’t see the Mich Guv’ner hauled off the stage a few nights ago. Her language was raw sewage. This was just sewage. (A matter of semantics, I know)
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Lawsy0 8/20/2020 9:26:59 AM (No. 515461)
Good luck to Brennaman. At least we know that he ''calls 'em as he sees 'em.'' Scripture is on his side for knowing what he said and for quickly apologizing. The article left out the name of the team the Reds were playing against.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: chumley 8/20/2020 9:34:29 AM (No. 515475)
Before the 1st Amendment was erased you heard that sort of thing in every locker room and military barracks in the country, pretty much all the time. You still do, but people look over their shoulders first. I still like the word queebie. I suspect at one time it may have been "queen bee", but whatever.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: chillijilli 8/20/2020 9:40:41 AM (No. 515482)
Just a minute here. When someone's speech is offensive, we call in the minority group involved for THEIR opinion. I say call in the Queer Eye people immediately! I do believe they've done numerous segments of their show from Kansas City and that's probably what Brennaman was referring to. There's no doubt Jonathan Van Whatever with the swishy hair would welcome and celebrate the name "fag city."
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Reply 19 - Posted by: bpl40 8/20/2020 9:47:03 AM (No. 515491)
The First Amendment is about protecting unpleasant, offensive, poor taste language. There is no such thing as illegal speech.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: MDConservative 8/20/2020 9:47:59 AM (No. 515493)
Everyone lives in a world of outrage and gotcha. Let's stop pretending otherwise. We have allowed this to happen as we played tit-for-tat with clowns everywhere. It's hard to defend "slurs". Brennaman is an "old pro", he knows the game and its rules. He knows he violated one big time. He knows he may have ended his career with the Reds. Sponsors recoil in horror. And this is our world today. Later today we will be outraged over something said by those other guys, if we haven't been already.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: Ribicon 8/20/2020 9:48:44 AM (No. 515495)
Could easily have been Atlanta. Such places are proud of that distinction.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: Italiano 8/20/2020 10:05:08 AM (No. 515512)
FTA: "The Reds in a statement announced the suspension and said they were “devastated by the horrific, homophobic remark.” No doubt after they finished laughing.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: joew9 8/20/2020 10:19:50 AM (No. 515527)
The word "sucks" is a homo slur. Most people have forgotten that.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: HotRod 8/20/2020 10:27:50 AM (No. 515534)
No one, in America, has the right to NOT be offended! Offense is taken, not given. Besides, he was not addressing anyone personally. This push by the left to make words off limits, just because someone doesn't like them, must stop. That is not to say that some words are appropriate for all occasions, but speaking them should not result in job loss. If that was an enforced law, democrats would all be fired!
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Reply 25 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 8/20/2020 11:01:56 AM (No. 515582)
Wait and see if the indefinite suspension becomes permanent. it was a foolish thing to say. Brennaman probably knew better, but thought he was off air. Have to assume every mic is permanently stuck on. Used to be one would at most get yelled at, and maybe suspended for a few days. Now people have their careers ruined over something like this. it will only get worse. Have to wonder if there will ever be repercussions to what is being said on the internet. Openly bully someone on some online platform, and you can be slapped with charges. The precedent has already been made. What's so hypocritical about it is how the rules are applied unevenly. Say something racist, sexist, or homophobic, and it will come back to haunt you. Run your mouth about Christians, Republicans, Conservatives, or Trump, and you will get a pat on the back.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: Madinmaryland 8/20/2020 11:21:29 AM (No. 515606)
Maybe he was referring to cigarettes?
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Reply 27 - Posted by: Heil Liberals 8/20/2020 12:42:40 PM (No. 515694)
The left have become the Elmer Fud of political discourse. Their refrain for everything is "KIll da wabbit!"
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Reply 28 - Posted by: Strike3 8/20/2020 12:52:33 PM (No. 515707)
He could have mentioned an appropriate location, like San Francisco, Key West, Austin or Asheville, but to waste a completely good shot for nothing... what a waste.
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Reply 29 - Posted by: Chuzzles 8/20/2020 1:47:30 PM (No. 515755)
Wait until they find out what the Brits call their cigarettes. LOL Say, isn't this the team that Pete Rose played for, and eventually managed?
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Reply 30 - Posted by: RedWhite&Blue2 8/20/2020 2:18:15 PM (No. 515786)
He’s a nice guy and I wish him well but... F baseball! F all organized corporate sports! And F ESPN and nbc! You little sissies!
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Reply 31 - Posted by: edgar 8/20/2020 2:47:43 PM (No. 515809)
It could be just about any MLB city, as defined by Merriam Webster, "Fag definition is - to work hard : toil." Just a comment on the blue collar make up a city. That's all.
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Reply 32 - Posted by: Mauigirl 8/20/2020 3:00:34 PM (No. 515816)
Some Ldot posters have been booted from this very site for saying something that offended the amorphous 'staff' that runs the joint. Fortunately it didn't result in anyone's loss of income.
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Reply 33 - Posted by: qr4j 8/20/2020 5:21:13 PM (No. 515922)
I've been called worse. But the line is completely inappropriate. Yeah, he should bear some consequence for using that kind of language at the workplace. But it should not ruin his career. Make him sit through a week-long sensitivity training class taught by members of the LGBT-lmnopqrxstuvwxyz community. That would be torture!
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