Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster and former manager Bob Brenly will be taking some time off after his comments during this week’s game between the Diamondbacks and Mets broadcast regarding New York pitcher Marcus Stroman caused a stir.
“I’m sure that is the same du-rag that Tom Seaver [former Mets great] used to wear when he pitched for the Mets,” Brenly said.
mannn… why? comes out of nowhere and gets smartly totally ignored by his partner. pic.twitter.com/q810Azt1WK
— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) June 2, 2021
The clip quickly went viral, with social media users — including Stroman himself — calling the comments racist and insensitive.
“Onward and upward…through all adversity and racist undertones,” Stroman said, adding “The climb continues through all!”
Onward and upward…through all adversity and racist undertones. The climb continues through all! 🗣
— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) June 2, 2021
Brenly apologized the following day, pledging to attend sensitivity training after conversations with the Arizona organization.
“During last night’s game, I made a poor attempt at humor that was insensitive