Grant Napear, play-by-play announcer for the Sacramento Kings, has been put on administrative leave by his radio station after tweeting “All Lives Matter…EVERY SINGLE ONE!!!” in response to DeMarcus Cousins.
Cousins, who was once called by Napear “the crudest, most vile player” he’s been around in the past, tweeted yesterday to Napear “@GrantNapearshow what is your take on BLM?.” BLM, of course, is short for Black Lives Matter, an organization searching for justice and equality for African-Americans.
In response, Napear said, “Hey!!! How are you? Thought you forgot about me. Haven’t heard from you in years. ALL LIVES MATTER…EVERY SINGLE ONE!!!”
Cousins responded to him tweeting “lol as expected” and since has drawn support from other Kings players including Chris Webber and Matt Barnes who both spoke out against Napear’s words. Later on, Napear would be put on administrative leave.
The Sacramento Kings have since sent out a statement condemning the tweet by Napear.
“Grant’s recent comments do not reflect our organization’s views and values,” the statement said. “We are reviewing the matter further with our broadcast partners NBC Sports California and Sports 1140 KTHK.”
NBC Sports California also itself sent out a statement condemning what Napear said in response to DeMarcus Cousins.
“Our company values and honors inclusion and equality,” the statement said. “Racism, injustice and violence run counter to everything we stand for and cannot be tolerated in our society. Grant Napear’s recent comments on Twitter do not reflect the views of NBC Sports California.”
Napear, in an interview with Marcos Breton of the Sacramento Bee, apologized for his comments.
“I’m not as educated on BLM as I thought I was,” Napear said in the interview. “I had no idea that when I said ‘All Lives Matter’ that it was counter to what BLM was trying to get across.”