Kings play-by-play announcer Grant Napear resigns after 'All Lives Matter' tweet

Brenda Watkins
June 3, 2020

Grant Napear is sidelined from his Sacramento radio show on KHTK-AM for a comment he posted to Twitter after former player DeMarcus Cousins asked Napear what he thought of the "Black Lives Matter" movement.

Meanwhile, Bonneville Sacramento, operator of sports talk radio station KHTK, announced that it and Napear had "parted ways", meaning the popular sports talk show Napear hosted would be ending as well.

Cousins, along with former Kings players Chris Webber and Matt Barnes, weren't surprised by Napear's tweet.

"I want to thank the fans for their overwhelming love and support", Napear said iTuesday.

Bonneville International, the station's parent company, said Napear's "recent comments about the Black Lives Matter movement do not reflect the views or values of Bonneville International Corporation".

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The trouble started for Napear when he responded to a prompt from Cousins, the former Kings All-Star, in a conversation amid the nationwide George Floyd protests.

The Kings thanked Napear for his "contributions to the team" in a statement shared Tuesday night, and Napear added he will "always remain a part of Kings nation".

The phrase "all lives matter" has been critiqued and described as a way of removing the "focus from the specific grievances of black Americans", The New York Times' Daniel Victor wrote in 2016. "The timing of GRANT's tweet was particularly insensitive".

Napear later apologized, telling The Sacramento Bee on Monday that he is 'not as educated on BLM as I thought I was'. I've been doing more listening than talking the past few days.

NAPEAR subsequently resigned from his longtime position with the KINGS as TV play-by-play announcer, most recently on NBC SPORTS CALIFORNIA. "I believe the past few days will change this country for the better!"

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