Maybe Thom Brenneman should stick to his day job???? Now that he has one again.
The former Cincinnati Reds play-by-play announcer has landed a new gig after a hot-mike homophobic slur that he thought cost him his job last August due to a commercial break. Brenneman is joining Chatterbox Sports, a sports media outlet for high school sports in southwest Ohio, as a play-by-play announcer.
The 57-year-old provided one of the most serious moments of 2020 when he was interrupted by a home run from Nick Castellanos when he attempted to apologize to the audience for the abuse. The moment was painfully awkward for everyone involved and went ultra-viral, but a year later, Brenneman appears ready to make a joke about it.
“By the way, I think Castellanos hit a deep drive in left field,” Brenneman said in a video announcing him joining Chatterbox.
Brenneman was removed from the broadcast shortly after the August apology and was fired by Granthshala Sports shortly thereafter. They have since called games in the Roberto Clemente League in Puerto Rico.
Chatterbox president Trace Fowler said he firmly believes in second chances and wants to give the announcer another chance.
“Over the past two months, I’ve done a lot of research to see what kind of person he is; is the comment he made about who he is, or is it just a mistake we all made at some point or another.” of what?” Fowler said of the recruitment.
“And the conclusion I come to with ????, quite frankly, is he a great man who made a mistake that I know he’s deeply sorry for ???? Excited to be given another chance to put the headset on. And the biggest thing I hope people take away from it is we’re not coming short of what was said, what people feel from that.
Brenneman is a graduate of both Anderson High School in Cincinnati and Ohio University, so he is familiar with the area. After graduation, he started his career in WLWT – ???? Covering High School Sports???? Before calling a Reds game on TV with Hall of Famer Johnny Bench.
Since then, he has worked with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs, and Granthshala Sports, where he has covered MLB, NFL, and college football. He returned to Cincinnati in 2006.
a ???? me ???? very grateful and excited, one???? Brenneman talked about joining Chatterbox. I grew up here in Greater Cincinnati. I know what high school football, high school basketball, and high school sports mean for the region. That’s what I was doing… when my career started. Here we are, coming full circle back to the high school game. One ????