Longtime Sacramento Kings play-by-play man Grant Napear has resigned following conflict over an “all lives matter” tweet sent to DeMarcus Cousins.
The Kings announced the news in a statement Tuesday.
“Grant Napear has resigned from the Sacramento Kings, the statement reads. “We thank him for his contributions to the team and wish him all the best.”
Napear was suspended from his radio show on Monday following a Twitter confrontation that involved Cousins and fellow former Kings Chris Webber and Matt Barnes.
Sports 1140 KHTK announced on Tuesday that Napear has also been fired from his radio gig.
Bonneville Sacramento has parted ways with Grant Napear. pic.twitter.com/n2T7CFOItP— Sports 1140 KHTK (@Sports1140KHTK) June 2, 2020
Amid the backdrop of the nationwide protests over George Floyd’s death, Cousins asked Napear his thoughts on “Black Lives Matter.” Napear responded with an all-caps response declaring that “ALL LIVES MATTER.”
Hey!!!! How are you? Thought you forgot about me. Haven't heard from you in years. ALL LIVES MATTER...EVERY SINGLE ONE!!! https://t.co/DfzKl3w0jm— Grant Napear (@GrantNapearshow) June 1, 2020
Chris Webber, Matt Barnes weighed in
Cousins responded “Lol as expected” and drew the attention of Barnes, who called Napear a “closet racist.”
Would expect nothing less from a closet racists— Matt Barnes (@Matt_Barnes22) June 1, 2020
Webber also made his thoughts clear on Napear.
Demarcus we know and have known who grant is. The team knows as well. I’ve told them many times. They’ve seen it. They know who he is. 🤡🤡 https://t.co/4DI4f1DGUp— Chris Webber (@realchriswebber) June 1, 2020
Napear, 60, had been the Kings play-by-play announcer since 1988. He pleaded ignorance to the insensitivity of his statement in a Monday interview with Sacramento Bee columnist Marcos Bretón.
“I’m not as educated on BLM as I thought I was,” Napear said. “I had no idea that when I said ‘All Lives Matter’ that it was counter to what BLM was trying to get across. ...
“I’m in pain. I’m 60 years old and I still have a lot to learn.”
“All Lives Matter” is a retort frequently used to shut down the concerns of black Americans advocating against police brutality.
Napear also issued a response on Twitter Sunday night.
If it came across as dumb I apologize. That was not my intent. That's how I was raised. It has been engrained in me since I can remember. I've been doing more listening than talking the past few days. I believe the past few days will change this country for the better! https://t.co/Gsh84BPBEk— Grant Napear (@GrantNapearshow) June 1, 2020
With his track record considered, it appears that his statements defending himself were not enough to save his job.
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