Diamondbacks Television Analyst Bob Brenly Taking Voluntary Hiatus!
Bob Brenly said on Thursday that he will take a voluntary leave of absence from Bally Sports Arizona while he takes sensitivity training after his offensive comments towards Marcus Stroman.
The New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman put Bob Brenly on BLAST because the comments had “racist undertones.”
CelebnSports247.com reports that Brenly said as part of a statement given to multiple media outlets regarding comments about Marcus Stroman.
Bob Brenly said:
I want to apologize again for my insensitive reference on Wednesday, as it does not reflect my values or who I am. Beginning today, I have voluntarily decided to take some time off to listen, reflect and devote my attention to awareness training related to diversity and inclusion to enhance my understanding and appreciation of others. I plan to return to the booth next homestand, hopefully, a better person.
Earlier this week, Brenly made what he later called an “insensitive” comment during Tuesday’s broadcast about the head covering worn by Stroman, who is Black and has been outspoken on issues concerning race and social justice.
Diamondbacks pitcher Jon Duplantier weighs in:
Jon Duplantier, who also is Black, said he found Brenly’s comment about Stroman disappointing.
Duplantier said after Arizona’s loss Thursday night in Milwaukee:
The most disappointing part is that, though there has been a ton of progress and work done so that I, Marcus, and other guys that look like me can show up as authentically as ourselves and be ourselves in a big stage, comments like the one that was made, they put us back.
The Diamondbacks’ next home game is June 11 vs. the Los Angeles Angels.