Kings TV Play-By-Play Announcer Resigns After "All Lives Matter" Tweet

Carla Harmon
June 3, 2020

Napear had been the Kings announcer since 1988.

Napear was not on the air Monday for The Grant Napear Show on Sacramento's KHTK radio.

BONNEVILLE Sports KHTK-A/SACRAMENTO has fired afternoon host and SACRAMENTO KINGS television play-by-play voice GRANT NAPEAR after a tweet exchange with former KINGS player DEMARCUS COUSINS in which NAPEAR, who has feuded with COUSINS in the past, wrote "ALL LIVES MATTER..."

The trouble for Napear started when former Kings star center DeMarcus Cousins, who Napear has strongly criticized, prompted Napear to offer his thoughts on the "Black Lives Matter" movement.

"I'm not as educated on BLM as I thought I was", Napear said in an apology. "I had no idea that when I said "All Lives Matter" that it was counter to what BLM is trying to get across".

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".

The tweet came during a weekend of unrest throughout the United States after the May 25 death of George Floyd, who was killed when a Minneapolis police officer held him down with a knee to his neck.

The Kings have not yet said if Napear will continue to call games for NBC Sports California.

Cousins quickly responded that he expected this from Napear. "The team knows as well. They've seen it. They know who he is".

Chris Webber adorned his response with a pair of clown emojis.

"Closet racist" is a strong phrase, but Tom Ziller, the longtime National Basketball Association writer based out of Sacramento, said in his Tuesday newsletter "This element of Napear's personality has been obvious to anyone who listened to his radio show even occasionally over the past 20 years". He previously generated criticism when he suggested disgraced former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling could not be considered racist because he employed black people.

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