Kings announcer placed on leave following All Lives Matter tweet - MSN Canada
|MSN Canada 02 Jun 2020 at 22:27|
Grant Napear, the longtime voice of the Sacramento Kings , has been placed on administrative leave following an online exchange with former franchise star DeMarcus Cousins on Sunday, according to .
Napear s radio co-host, Jason Ross, confirmed the decision on "The Grant Napear Show" on Monday.
Cousins asked the play-by-play announcer and KHTK radio host for his opinion on Black Lives Matter. Napear responded by using the phrase "All Lives Matter" - a term regarded as highly dismissive and condescending toward the movement.
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
The Kings said Monday that they were aware of the comments.
"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," the team said in a statement, according to .
Napear said Monday that he was unaware of the term s negative connotations.
"I m not as educated on BLM as I thought I was," he told The Sacramento Bee s Marcos Breton . "I had no idea that when I said All Lives Matter that it was counter to what BLM was trying to get across."
Napear has served as the Kings play-by-play announcer since 1988.
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