Thom Brennaman was a former Cincinnati Reds broadcaster and he appeared on Grant Napear’s podcast this week. Brennaman said that he’s had enough of criticisms of Grant Napear’s on-air apology for 2020 using a homophobic term. It also included a Nick Castellanos call.
Napear asked Brennaman during the “If You Don’t Like That With Grant Napear,” podcast if the amount of criticism of his apology has bothered him.
Brennaman declared, “Yes. That’s when you are going through at that time in your life and it’s live on television.” You’re trying to make an announcement about a particular game that is currently being played. That’s the reason you are there. You have all these thoughts going through in your mind, and you don’t know if you can ever work in this baseball or NFL world. It’s possible that you will never get the chance to work in something you have known about for 35 years.
And so you know, I apologize and it is sincere. And then, you know, one of the Reds players, Nick Castellanos, hits a home run. That’s what I call the “home run” in the middle. That’s now exploded into this entire thing, which has taken on a life all its own. I’ve never met Nick Castellanos’ wife. You know what? She was outspoken and said enough. That’s it. The home run was the turning point in his life. She doesn’t owe anything to me. …
People can criticize me for what I have said. That’s okay. However, for others to critique my sincere apology while everything was happening in my quote unquote world at the moment – that’s not what I did. Grant, what happens when people start to criticize you for your apology. This is when you realize that there are many things wrong with people. It’s not just me. I have a lot of problems with myself. This world is full of mistakes.
A few months ago, Brennaman appeared on “The Josh Potter Show” and discussed a number of subjects, including being able to accept people’s jokes about the now-famous “drive into deep left field by Castellanos” call he made while apologizing.
It bothered me for quite some time, and my 16-year-old son. It’s not Twitter. My social media accounts are not active. Because my wife is able to tell me how much of a jerk that I am every day. There aren’t 10,000 people who can tell me I’m a jerk. To make it light, I can refer to “the Castellanos homerun” – it’s something I have heard 1,000 times. It’s funny to think about, even though it has been a year. This charity is based in my town. It works with transgender children who have been expelled from their homes because they are gay or bisexual. … If you are a parent, it’s impossible. So we are thinking of making a T-shirt that says “And Castellanos had homered”, in order to raise money for the children’s home. The idea was fantastic. This really bothered and bothered me because it was true that I wasn’t actually dying. My wife was not dying. They weren’t going to die. No, our dogs were not dying. … I was just thinking – that was the hardest moment. It’s a difficult moment. At the end of it all, you do what you can. That’s what I tried since. We’ll watch and see.
“I’m still alive, I have no illness, my family is healthy, my spouse’s well.” Brennaman said that he is very sick professionally during Napear’s podcast. And literally, with one word out of the air, it’s all gone. It’s all there! From making great money to living a wonderful life, you can go anywhere. It’s a wonderful life that I live. My income dropped to zero for the first ever time since 13 when I worked as a busboy at the local restaurant. You don’t even have a job. You don’t even have anyone who would consider offering you a job. That’s still true today.
“I mean I’m part owner of a small business that does high-school football. It has been amazing. It’s not like I was a co-owner of the company. Again, this is what I have always told my wife since day 1. “You know what? This is going to be the greatest thing ever that happened to you,” I have said. We’re going to get a chance because someone’s gonna help us. Your appreciation will be greater. Grant, I used to take a lot this stuff as a given. For a very long, long time, that was what I did. God is able to plan. And I’m gonna be in a better place. Already, I’m in a better position as a man and as a father. “I’ll make a great announcer for someone if given the opportunity.”
Brennaman, Napear both agreed they don’t know if there will be any opportunities for them. Napear lost his job due to a tweet entitled “All lives matter”.
Brennaman stated to Napear that “what happened to my happened to me”, and that he was the one who dug his own grave. “Your case is only one… it’s something I can’t even comprehend. I don’t get it. What you say should not be considered harmful. It can cause harm to many people, and it is. However, what you just said was… “I’m sorry that it happened to me.”