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No, Marty Brennaman, ESPN didn’t go far enough with Stephen A. — but the Reds were right to fire your son
July 15, 2021
In case you forgot, Thom Brennaman had a really unhealthy day on August 19 of final 12 months. On the air whereas calling a Cincinnati Reds sport, he apparently was unaware of a sizzling mic and was heard utilizing a homophobic slur. Like, a extremely, actually unhealthy one, with a extremely, actually unhealthy tone. It’s unclear what spurred his remark, however you possibly can hear him fairly clearly saying “one of many f*g capitals of the world” — and so who cares what spurred it?
On high of that, the “Thomophobic” slur was used between video games of a double-header, which means he was slated to be again on the mic shortly thereafter to name one other sport. He made an apology on the air through the second sport:
“I made a remark earlier tonight that, I assume, went out over the air, that I’m deeply ashamed of. If I’ve harm anybody on the market, I can’t inform you how a lot I say from the underside of my coronary heart, I’m so very, very sorry. I pleasure myself and consider myself as a person of religion.”
After which got here the half that turned a meme. He broke from his apology to say “as there’s a drive to deep left area by [Nick] Castellanos and it’ll be a house run, and in order that’ll make it a 4-0 ballgame.”
“I don’t know if I’ll be placing on this headset once more,” he continued after pausing for the home-run name.
“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 wish to apologize for the people who signal my paycheck — for the Reds, for Fox Sports activities Ohio, for the folks I work with, for anyone I’ve offended tonight. I can’t start to inform you how deeply sorry I’m. That’s not who I’m, it by no means has been. I’d wish to assume that I’ve some folks that would again that up. I’m very, very sorry and I encourage on your forgiveness.”
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Brennaman was instantly suspended and later fired. As he assumed can be the case, he hasn’t put the headset again on once more since.
Enter ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, persevering with to try to dig himself out of the bullshit he put himself in together with his Shohei Ohtani statements earlier this week (and, in some way, he’s nonetheless on the air, which is disgusting). Smith issued his personal apology.
Enter Marty Brennaman, father of Thom and himself a former Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, who felt the necessity to reply.
Right here’s the factor, Marty. Your son used a horrific slur on the air. He completely deserves to have misplaced his job. Smith in all probability does as properly, however sadly, ESPN is extra involved with scores than integrity, in order that they’ll slap him on the wrist and never even go so far as to droop him from the community. When tens of millions of individuals (in Smith’s case) and all 72 Reds followers tuning in for a midweek matinee sport (in Thom’s case) are watching, there’s a accountability for the phrases and ideologies being offered to the viewers and listeners. Hateful feedback can’t be tolerated.
Additionally, Marty, it’s lower than you to simply accept apologies on behalf of Shohei Ohtani, Asians or Japanese folks (who Smith didn’t point out) and Nigerians.
Individuals want and deserve the chance to develop and study, but it surely doesn’t imply they deserve a chance to proceed holding the microphone and/or serving because the voice of a group. All ESPN accomplishes by holding Smith on the air is condoning the rhetoric that he shared. The Cincinnati Reds and Fox Sports activities Ohio obtained it proper by shifting on from Thom Brennaman. Sadly, ESPN is simply too cowardly to do the identical. And Marty Brennaman is simply too “get off my garden” to care.