Arizona Diamondbacks television analyst Bob Brenly apologized Wednesday for a comment he made in reference to New York Mets right-hander Marcus Stroman — a remark the pitcher said had “racist undertones” — and said he will go through sensitivity training.
Brenly, a former World Series-winning manager who now calls Diamondbacks games for Bally Sports Arizona, commented on the head covering Stroman was wearing as he was set to deliver a pitch in the fourth inning.
“Pretty sure that’s the same durag that Tom Seaver used to wear when he pitched for the Mets,” Brenly said.
Stroman, who is Black, didn’t take too kindly to Brenly’s comment after the Mets’ 6-5 loss to the Diamondbacks. Stroman didn’t figure in the decision.
“Onward and upward…through all adversity and racist undertones. The climb continues through all!” Stroman wrote on Twitter.
Onward and upward…through all adversity and racist undertones. The climb continues through all! ??
— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) June 2, 2021
Brenly issued a statement Wednesday afternoon.
“During last night’s game, I made a poor attempt at humor that was insensitive and wrong,” the statement said. “I apologize to Marcus Stroman and have reached out directly to share those thoughts. I have had several conversations with the D-backs and we agree that seeking sensitivity training is an important step so I can continue to learn from my mistakes in order to be better in the future.”
Stroman, 30, didn’t directly criticize Brenly, who is white, but replied to a fan’s tweet by saying the “media will turn this against me somehow” if he did.
Brenly, 67, has served as a color commentator for Diamondbacks games since the start of the 2013 season. He managed the team to the World Series championship in 2001.
–Field Level Media
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