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Kings announcer placed on leave following All Lives Matter tweet - MSN Canada

Kings announcer placed on leave following  All Lives Matter  tweet - MSN Canada
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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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