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Marcus Stroman Calls Out Broadcaster for Insensitive Remarks

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Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster Bob Brenly apologized on Wednesday for a making comment on Tuesday’s broadcast about the headwear of Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman.

“During last night’s game, I made a poor attempt at humor that was insensitive and wrong,” Brenly, a former Diamondbacks manager, said in a statement released through the team. “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 that I can continue to learn from my mistakes in order to be better in the future.”

In the fourth inning of Tuesday’s game in Arizona, with the camera showing a close-up of Stroman on the mound, Brenly said, “Pretty sure that’s the same durag that Tom Seaver used to wear when he pitched for the Mets.” Brenly, 67, did not address the comment for the rest of the game, and the Diamondbacks did not televise Wednesday’s game, a 7-6 Mets victory that was carried exclusively on YouTube. Stroman was not asked about the comment in his postgame Zoom news conference, but he has since tweeted or re-tweeted about it dozens of times.

“Onward and upward … through all adversity and racist undertones. The climb continues through all!” Stroman wrote in one post. In another, above an illustration of himself in a durag, Stroman wrote, “Those who talk down on you are already beneath you.”

Stroman also tweeted a photo of himself in a durag marked with […]

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