Thom Brennaman Apologizes To LGBTQ Community, ‘I Failed You, You Deserve Better’

Thom Brennaman Apologizes To LGBTQ Community, ‘I Failed You, You Deserve Better’

Cincinnati Reds announcer Thom Brennaman says he’s “ashamed” that he used a homophobic slur on air … and says he’s now dedicating himself to working with the LGBTQ community to grow from this experience.

“As many of you know, I said something hateful on the air Wednesday night,” Brennaman said in a long op-ed posted on Cincinnati.com … “something no one should ever say.”

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Brennaman says he didn’t realize the homophobic f-word was “so rooted in hate and violence” — and says he vows to never use it again.

“I cannot erase what I have done,” Thom said. “The only thing I can do is humbly apologize, accept the consequences of my actions and resolve to be better and behave differently from now on.”

Brennaman directly addresses the LGBTQ+ community … saying, “I am truly and deeply sorry. You should never be denigrated with crude and hateful language. I failed you, and I cannot say enough how sorry I am.”

Brennaman also says he has already spoken with MLB exec Billy Bean — who’s openly gay — and Bean has agreed to work with him on how to “become a more informed person.”

“I immediately plan to participate in diversity, equity and inclusion training and have reached out to PFLAG for resources and guidance,” Thom said.

Brennaman — who’s been suspended by the Reds and pulled from the “NFL on FOX” schedule — says he doesn’t know if he’ll ever work in broadcasting again … but says this incident has forced him to “reflect on who I am and how I am want to be seen and thought of.”

“I hope the LGBTQ+ community, the Reds and their fans and the people of Cincinnati can find a way to think better of me,” Thom said. “With all the humility I can muster, I ask for your forgiveness.”