Suspended Reds announcer Thom Brennaman says he realizes the "incredible hurt" he caused when he used a homophobic slur on live TV ... and claims he has become a better person in the weeks following the incident.
Remember, the longtime play-by-play guy was calling a game against the KC Royals on August 19 when he was caught on a hot mic referring to an unnamed city as "one of the f** capitals of the world."
"The realization of the incredible hurt that I’ve caused using that word has been breathtaking," Brennaman told the Post.
"It’s been absolutely amazing the amount of grace and forgiveness and support."
As for the reason behind using the anti-gay slur ... Brennaman says he has no idea why he said it or in what context.
"I couldn’t even tell you what happened, where it came from."
He added ... "Look, I said it is all that matters. The rest of it is irrelevant. I said it. And I own it. And I’m the one who has to live with it."
Brennaman sends a message to the Reds or any other org. considering giving him another opportunity to call games ... saying, "If I get another chance, someone will be hiring a better person than the person who walked out the door that night on Aug. 19."