Sports announcer Grant Napear was forced out of his job as play-by-play announcer for the Sacramento Kings after posting “All Lives Matter” on Twitter.
This is the world we live in today.
Sacramento Kings play-by-play announcer Grant Napear has resigned from one gig and has been fired from another in the wake of a manufactured scandal in which he tweeted that “ALL LIVES MATTER…EVERY SINGLE ONE!!!” in response to former Kings center DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins asking him what he thought about BLM.
Keep in mind that DeMarcus Cousins was caught on camera literally threatening to kill his girlfriend last year, and no one seems to have an issue with that.
People quickly piled on Napear, and he responded in kind, even saying “So do black lives matter? Hell yes!!!”
But that wasn’t enough to fend of the hoards, as they came for his head. Napear was forced to step down from his job.
Grant Napear, the longtime TV voice of the Sacramento Kings and radio talk-show host, has parted ways with both organizations following backlash surrounding his social media comments about the Black Lives Matter movement.
Napear was fired on Tuesday by Sacramento radio station Sports 1140 KHTK-AM, where he hosted an afternoon talk show with former Kings star Doug Christie. Napear also resigned from his television job with the Kings.
Napear was placed on administrative leave by KHTK on Monday, one day after he responded to a tweet from former Kings star DeMarcus Cousins, who wondered what the broadcaster’s take on the Black Lives Matter movement.
Napear, who has had a long-running feud with Cousins, emphatically replied: “ALL LIVES MATTER…EVERY SINGLE ONE!!!”
For Bonneville International, the parent company of KHTK, that clearly crossed the line — especially at a time when outrage and anguish is sweeping the nation in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
“We were saddened by the comments Grant Napear recently made on Twitter,” Bonneville said in a statement. “While we appreciate Grant’s positive contributions to KHTK over the years, his recent comments about the Black Lives Matter movement do not reflect the values of Bonneville International Corporation. The timing of Grant’s tweet was particularly insensitive. After reviewing the matter carefully, we have made the difficult decision to part ways with Grant.”
Many came to the defense of Napear, including sports radio host Ben Maller:
Napear is apparently so racist that he gave this dude here his first job in the TV business:
In 2020, you get fired from your job and the mob comes after you for declaring someone’s life who isn’t black matters.