Cincinnati Play-By-Play Announcer and Known Man of Faith Victimized By Probability

Reds play-by-play guy Thom Brennaman really stepped on his dick yesterday, didn’t he?

Toward the end of the broadcast of the first game of the doubleheader, Brennaman was heard using a gay slur. He did not seem to know he was on the air yet before the end of a commercial break. Quickly, shares of the mic catching him on the air saying a slur spread across social media. Brennaman began broadcasting the second game of the doubleheader, but during the game, he issued an apology and left the booth.

He was predictably apologetic.

“I made a comment tonight that I am deeply ashamed of,” he said before he signed off. “I am so very, very sorry. I pride myself as a man of faith. I don’t know if I’ll be putting on this headset again.”

“That is not who I am and never has been. I’d like to think I have some people that can back that up. I am very sorry and I beg your forgiveness.”

That a “man of faith” would use a homophobic slur is not news. What’s remarkable is how often people these days are struck by infinitesimally improbable coincidence.

It goes like this:

  • Person does or says something loathesome with the mic/camera running.
  • Person apologizes profusely because “this isn’t who I am.”

What are the odds, really? I mean, you do something out of character – as in, so out of character you’ve never done it before, and that one time in your entire fucking life there just happens to be someone recording.

It’s impossible to understand how this could happen ever, let alone, you know, all the fucking time.

I’m not good at math. Maybe one of you can explain this to me?

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