Mets fuming over Bob Brenly’s ‘completely inappropriate’ du-rag dig at Marcus Stroman
PHOENIX – Du better, Bob.
Diamondbacks TV analyst Bob Brenly on Wednesday apologized for an insensitive comment directed toward Marcus Stroman that he issued a night earlier.
During the Mets’ 6-5 loss to the Diamondbacks in 10 innings, Brenly questioned the headwear Stroman was wearing beneath his cap, saying “I’m sure that is the same du-rag that Tom Seaver used to wear when he pitched for the Mets.”
Stroman, later on Twitter, indicated his displeasure with the underlying racial comment.
The 67-year-old Brenly released a statement through the Diamondbacks saying he was sorry.
“During (Tuesday) night’s game I made a poor attempt at humor that was insensitive and wrong,” Brenly 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.”
Mets manager Luis Rojas said he became aware of Brenly’s comment after Tuesday’s game and was immediately disappointed.
“There is no room for a comment like that,” Rojas said. “Completely inappropriate. I was very disappointed when I heard it. If it was like a joke or something, I didn’t get it, and I know a lot of people didn’t get it. I just think it’s completely inappropriate.
“There are just comments that are there that … will not help the baseball crowd grow in this game and understand what’s going on and I thought that was right there with that.”
Brenly was not at Chase Field on Wednesday – YouTube had the exclusive rights for Mets-Diamondbacks and used its own broadcast crew.
“When you are on a platform in this game [like Brenly] and you have a chance to inform and educate throughout the game or after the game, you just have so many opportunities to keep the audience active and fill them with baseball knowledge and not the case there,” Rojas said.
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