Bob Brenly, television analyst for the Arizona Diamondbacks, said he will take a voluntary leave of absence from Bally Sports Arizona while taking a sensitivity course following the comment he made a few days ago about Marcus Stroman and that the New York Mets pitcher considered with ” racist overtones ”.
“I want to apologize again for my insensitive reference, as it does not reflect my values or who I am,” Brenly said in a statement sent to The Athletics. “Starting today (Thursday), I voluntarily decided to take time from work to listen, reflect and give my full attention to an awareness course related to diversity and inclusion to improve my understanding and appreciation for others.
“I plan to return to the booth for the next time at each of the Diamondbacks and hopefully a better person.
The Diamondbacks’ next home game is June 11 against the Los Angeles Angels.
Brenly, a former World Series-winning manager who is now a TV commentator for the Diamondbacks games for Bally Sports Arizona, teased Stroman’s outfit during the fourth inning of Tuesday’s game.
“I’m pretty sure it’s the same durag that Tom Seaver used to wear when pitching for the Mets,” Brenly said during the broadcast.
After the game, Stroman tweeted: “Onward and upward … through all the adversity and racist undertones. The escalation continues through it all!”
Stroman, who is African American and has been outspoken on issues related to race and social justice, also retweeted several tweets from Twitter users calling out Brenly for “racism.”
Stroman responded to a tweet, saying that “the media will turn this against me in some way” if I publicly criticized Brenly, who is white.
Brenly issued a statement on social media ahead of Wednesday’s game against the Mets.