Kings play-by-play TV announcer and radio host Grant Napear has been placed on administrative leave by KHTK, according to The Sacramento Bee’s Jason Anderson.
The Sacramento radio station is reportedly investigating Napear’s response on Twitter to former Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, who asked Napear for his thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement amid the protests taking place across the country following the death of George Floyd. Napear told Cousins that “All Lives Matter,” sharing the slogan often used to deflect from the issues BLM is seeking to address, including racial injustice and police brutality.
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
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Cousins wasn’t surprised by the tweet, and former Kings players Chris Webber and Matt Barnes jumped in to voice their opinions of Napear as well.
“Would expect nothing less from a closet racists [sic],” Barnes said.
Lol as expected.
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) June 1, 2020
Would expect nothing less from a closet racists
— Matt Barnes (@Matt_Barnes22) June 1, 2020
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 later attempted to apologize on Twitter and told The Sacramento Bee’s Marcos Breton on Monday that he was “in pain” and still has “a lot to learn.”
“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.”
The Kings have not yet said if Napear will continue to call games for NBC Sports California. The team released the following statement on Monday: “Grant’s recent Twitter comments do not reflect our organization’s views and values. We are reviewing the matter further with our broadcast partners NBC Sports California and Sports 1140 KHTK.”