PHOENIX – Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster Bob Brenly walks away from the booth over the next week after facing backlash for an on-air commentary on the New Mets pitcher’s headgear York Marcus Stroman.
“From today, I have voluntarily decided to take time to listen, reflect and devote my attention to awareness training related to diversity and inclusion in order to improve my understanding and appreciation of others, “Brenly said in a statement Thursday. “I plan to return to the booth at the next homestand, hopefully a better person.”
Brenly, who works for Bally Sports Arizona, made the remark in the fourth inning of the Diamondbacks 6-5 victory in 10 innings at home on Tuesday night.
“I’m pretty sure it’s the same du-rag Tom Seaver wore when he pitched for the Mets,” said Brenly.
Stroman, after taking in Brenly’s comments, tweeted after the game: “Onward and up… through all the adversity and racist undertones. The climb continues through everything!
Stroman, who is black, also retweeted several responses, some in support, others with racist taunts.
Diamondbacks pitcher Jon Duplantier, who is also black, said he found Brenly’s comment about Stroman disappointing.
“The most disappointing part is that while there has been a ton of progress and work being done so that me, Marcus and other guys who look like me can appear as authentically as ourselves and be ourselves. in a big scene, comments like this that was done, they gave us back, “Duplantier said after Arizona’s Thursday night loss in Milwaukee.” They put that progress back.
“And the young people, the future baseball players who come in, who watch the Diamondbacks games, who watch the Mets games, who watch MLB games in general, upon hearing that comment, are potentially watching baseball and think that” they cannot be themselves. And that hurts. “
Brenly apologized on Wednesday and was not in the cabin for the Arizona game in Milwaukee on Thursday.
Brenly led the Diamondbacks to the 2001 World Series championship in his first season guiding the team.
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