Fox Sports pulls Thom Brennaman this season’s NFL broadcasts after ‘abhorrent’ slur

Fox Sports’ NFL broadcasts this season will not include Thom Brennaman as one of the play-by-play announcers. The network made the announcement Thursday, less than 24 hours after Brennaman used a homophobic slur on a live microphone during a telecast of a Cincinnati Reds baseball game.

The Reds suspended Brennaman indefinitely from their TV broadcasts, and Fox’s action came shortly thereafter. 

“The language used was abhorrent, unacceptable, and not representative of the values of Fox Sports,” the network said in a statement. “As it relates to Brennaman’s Fox NFL role, we are moving forward with our NFL schedule which will not include him.”

Brennaman, 56, issued an on-air apology during the Reds game Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals, acknowledging his career might be in jeopardy and further apologized in a letter to the Cincinnati Enquirer.


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