Reds' Marty Brennaman: Remark Didn't Reflect Opinion About Gays
February 8, 2011 at 5:20 PM (PT)
Hall of Fame CINCINNATI REDS announcer MARTY BRENNAMAN told the CINCINNATI ENQUIRER that he "probably could have made a better choice of words" after telling a baseball banquet audience in HUNTINGTON, WV in his keynote speech that MARSHALL UNIVERSITY President STEPHEN KOPP must be "queer" for softball. The remark was in reference to the school's $2.5 million softball facility opened in 2008, in contrast to the baseball team not having a home field.
BRENNAMAN said that nobody had called him about the remarks after they were reported in the CHARLESTON DAILY MAIL and online. "I probably could have made a better choice of words, but in no way does that reflect my opinion about gays at all," he said. "It's just a comment I made about the president of the university."
"People are going to think what they're going to think," he added. "My point was he's willing to spend ($2.5) million for girls' softball, but he won't even attend a baseball banquet trying to raise money to build a baseball facility."