Sacramento Kings play-by-play man Grant Napear resigned from his position Tuesday following backlash for tweeting “All LIVES MATTER” in response to a question from NBA center DeMarcus Cousins about Black Lives Matter.
Napear, 60, responded to Cousins on Sunday after the four-time All-Star tweeted, “what’s your take on BLM?”
“Hey!!!! How are you? Thought you forgot about me,” Napear replied. “Haven’t heard from you in years. ALL LIVES MATTER…EVERY SINGLE ONE!!!”
The tweet drew considerable criticism as protests around the country have erupted due to the death of George Floyd, a black man who died last week after a police officer placed his right knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes.
Cousins, who played for the Kings from 2010 to 2017, said Napear’s tweet was “expected.” Former Kings forward Matt Barnes called the broadcaster a closet racist.
Napear had called Kings games since 1988. He also lost his job with radio station Sports 1140 HTHK, which fired him Tuesday for the tweet. Napear had previously hosted a radio show on the station with former Kings guard Doug Christie.
Napear has since apologized for the tweet, telling the Sacramento Bee he wasn’t as “educated” on Black Lives Matters as he thought. He also said sorry on Twitter.
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
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