KANSAS CITY, Missouri (WTVN)--Cincinnati Reds Broadcaster Thom Brennaman was pulled from the broadcast team Wednesday night, after he was caught on a hot mic using a homophobic slur.
The incident happened during game 1 of a doubleheader between the Reds and Kansas City Royals in Kansas City. Once the incident was picked up by social media, Brennaman was pulled from the broadcast, and replaced by Jim Day.
Brennaman later returned to the broadcast to offer an apology, and admitted he may never wear a headset again.
The Reds released a statement, saying, "The Cincinnati Reds organization is devastated by the horrific, homophobic remark made this evening by broadcaster Thom Brennaman. He was pulled off the air, and effective immediately was suspended from doing Reds broadcasts. We will be addressing our broadcasting team in the coming days. In no way does this incident represent our players, coaches, organization, or our fans. We share our sincerest apologies to the LGBTQ+ community in Cincinnati, Kansas City, all across this country, and beyond. The Reds embrace a zero-tolerance policy for bias or discrimination of any kind, and we are truly sorry to anyone who has been offended."
Brennaman has been suspended by Fox Sports Ohio, which is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group.