Orioles announcer Kevin Brown addresses suspension ahead of return to broadcast booth

Baltimore Orioles play-by-play broadcaster Kevin Brown addressed his suspension for the first time on Friday, just hours before he was set to return to the booth.

Brown was suspended by the Orioles after he in recent seasons on a broadcast last month. That’s led to an outcry against Orioles leadership and widespread support for Brown. Fans at Camden Yards even on Tuesday.

On Friday, before Brown was set to return for the team’s game against the Seattle Mariners, Brown insisted that his relationship with the Orioles front office was totally fine.

“Unfortunately, recent media reports have mischaracterized my relationship with my adopted hometown Orioles,” Brown wrote, in part. “The fact is that I have a wonderful relationship with the organization, and our ownership and front office has fully supported me since 2019 when I first came aboard.

“I ask that everyone disregard the distracting noise of the past few days. I have worked closely with O’s SVP Greg Bader for the past four years, and Jon Angelos and I have a solid dialogue based on mutual respect. We are all good here in Birdland!”

Brown didn’t say much about the suspension specifically, other than that he never want “to be a part of the story.”

during a pregame segment on July 23 ahead of the Orioles’ game against the Tampa Bay Rays. He didn’t criticize the team, management or CEO John Angelos, but rather he simply pointed out that the Orioles haven’t been very good against the Rays in recent years.

“It’s been a minute,” Brown . “The Orioles split a two-gamer with the Rays in June. They had lost their last 15 series here at Tropicana Field. You have to go back to when our now-colleague Brad Brach picked up the win in the series finale June 25, 2017 — the last time the Orioles won a series here in St. Pete.

“Already gone 3-2 at the Trop this year after winning three of 18 the previous three years combined.”

That was it. The Orioles then suspended him, and he hasn’t called a game since July 26. The team reportedly suspended him in part because they thought his comments made the team sound cheap. The Orioles issued only a brief statement saying that they “don’t comment on personnel matters,” and that they “look forward to hearing Kevin’s voice soon.”

Kevin Brown was suspended by the team after comments he made about the team’s struggles in recent years last month

Kevin Brown was suspended by the team after comments he made about the team’s struggles in recent years last month. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun/Tribune News Service/Getty Images)

The suspension drew plenty of backlash, including from broadcasters and others in the sports world. Then on Tuesday, during their game against the New York Mets.

While the situation certainly wasn’t great for anyone involved, it sounds like Brown is simply ready to move on. He’ll get the chance to do just that on Friday night.

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