Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster Bob Brenley is stepping away from the booth next week after facing backlash for on-air remarks about New York Mets pitcher Marcus Strowman’s headwear
PHOENIX — Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster Bob Brenley is stepping away from the booth next week after facing backlash for on-air remarks about New York Mets pitcher Marcus Strowman’s headwear.
“Starting today, I have voluntarily decided to take some time to listen, reflect, and devote my attention to awareness training related to diversity and inclusion,” Brainly said in a statement Thursday. “I plan to return to the Homestand booth next, hopefully a better person.”
Brainly, who works for Bally Sports Arizona, made the remarks during the Diamondbacks’ 6-5, 10-innings fourth in Arizona on Tuesday night.
“Pretty sure this is the same durag that Tom Seaver wore when pitching for the Mets,” said Brainly.
Strowman, upon learning of Brainly’s comments, tweeted after the game: “On and on…through all the adversity and racist undertones. The climb continues through all!”
Strowman, who is Black, also retweeted several responses, some in support, others with racist taunts.
Brenley issued an apology on Wednesday and was not in the booth for Thursday’s game in Milwaukee, Arizona.
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