It is time to come off the bench, says Thom Brennaman, who resigned from his Reds tv job two years in the past after uttering a homophobic slur throughout a Fox Sports activities telecast of an Ohio Reds recreation.
Brennaman, 58, announced on Twitter Wednesday afternoon that he’ll do a brand new weekday present, Off the Bench with Thom Brennaman introduced by UDF, premieres at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 1. His first company might be his father, retired Reds radio announcer Marty Brennaman and former NFL coach Brian Billick, his former Fox NFL telecast companion.
The 2-hour dwell and on-demand present might be accessible on the Chatterbox Sports activities YouTube channel and social media platforms (Twitter, Intagram and TikTok) at @ThomBrennamanTV.
Brandon Saho, former WLWT-TV sportscaster and weekend reporter, will produce the present together with Casey McCollister, Chatterbox Sports activities director of content material manufacturing.
Billick will seem each Friday to speak in regards to the NFL.
From the discharge: “The present, which is able to concentrate on the Cincinnati Bengals, Ohio State College and Cincinnati Reds, may even embrace insights from skilled athletes and coaches together with NBA Corridor of Famer Charles Barkley and legendary sportscaster Bob Costas. Tremendous Bowl successful coach Brian Billick will present NFL commentary each Friday, and Broadcast Corridor of Famer Marty Brennaman, NFL Corridor of Famer Anthony Munoz, Bengals legend and broadcaster Cris Collinsworth, sports activities columnist Paul Daugherty and Cincinnati Reds legend Tracy Jones will be part of the present as a visitor.”
Brennaman resumed his play-by-play profession a yr in the past for Chatterbox Sports activities, doing fall soccer video games for the native Steam and subscription-based podcast service that covers Better Cincinnati highschool sports activities . On the time, he was doing a podcast referred to as Referred to as Thom Brennaman.
Brennaman resigned from his Reds tv job after 13 years on September 25, 2020, 5 weeks after being suspended through the second recreation of a Reds-Royals doubleheader for feedback he made through the first recreation on August 19.
Popping out of a business break, Brennaman was heard telling somebody in regards to the “(deleted) capitals of the world” whereas broadcasting from the Fox Sports activities studio in downtown Cincinnati. The individual Brennaman was speaking to has by no means been recognized by the Reds or FSO, now Bally Sports activities Ohio.
The comment was heard on the MLB.TV feed, however not by viewers of the Reds’ Fox Sports activities Ohio community.
Brennaman, a Fox NFL anchor since 1994 and a part of the Reds TV workforce since 2007, stepped down from the published after apologizing, saying he was “very, very sorry, and I apologize.” He additionally informed viewers that “I do not know if I will put this headset on once more. I do not know if it may be for the Reds, I do not know if it may be for my bosses on the Foxes.”
Brennaman’s resignation was not a shock. Hours after his newest broadcast, the Reds launched an announcement saying “The Reds embrace a zero-tolerance coverage for bias or discrimination of any type, and we’re actually sorry for anybody who has been offended.” The assertion additionally stated the “Reds group is devastated by the horrific, homophobic remark” and apologized to “the LGBTQ+ neighborhood in Cincinnati, Kansas Metropolis, throughout the nation and past.”
Response to his remark was swift. Fox dropped him from NFL telecasts after 25 years. Kroger rolled out its in-store audio bulletins the subsequent morning.
In his resignation letter two years in the past, Brennaman thanked “Reds followers, Reds followers and the LGBTQ neighborhood for the unimaginable help and style they’ve proven me and my household.
“To this nice metropolis, my hometown, a honest thanks. I’m very sorry for what I stated and I’m very sorry. Nobody loves this metropolis greater than I do. I’m on this career that I really like for 33 years. And it is my hope and my purpose to return again. And if I get that chance, I will be a greater broadcaster and a significantly better individual.”
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