Sacramento Kings TV Announcer Resigns Over ‘All Lives Matter’ Tweet

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LOS ANGELES — The Sacramento Kings introduced on Tuesday that Grant Napear, their longtime tv play-by-play broadcaster, had resigned, two days after tweeting “All Lives Matter” in an alternate with one of many staff’s former gamers.

In addition, Bonneville International, which owns the Sacramento radio station at which Napear had co-hosted a sports activities present, introduced that it had parted methods with him. Napear, the corporate mentioned, had made feedback that it deemed “particularly insensitive” as protests towards police brutality continued to brush throughout the nation.

Napear, 60, had discovered himself embroiled in controversy on Sunday after he had an alternate on Twitter with DeMarcus Cousins, a former All-Star heart for the Kings. Cousins requested Napear what he considered the Black Lives Matter motion. Napear responded, partly: “ALL LIVES MATTER. … EVERY SINGLE ONE!!!”

The phrase “All Lives Matter” has usually been used dismissively towards folks noting the particular prejudices confronted by black Americans.

Matt Barnes and Chris Webber, two different former gamers for the Kings, had been amongst those that sharply rebuked Napear.

“If it came across as dumb I apologize,” Napear mentioned in one other tweet on Sunday evening. “That was not my intent. That’s how I was raised. It has been engrained in me since I can remember. I’ve been doing more listening than talking the past few days. I believe the past few days will change this country for the better!”

Napear, who was usually vital of Cousins throughout his time with the staff, additionally advised the Sacramento Bee in an interview this week that he was “not as educated on B.L.M. as I thought I was.” He added, “I had no idea that when I said, ‘All Lives Matter,’ that it was counter to what B.L.M. was trying to get across.”

The fallout, although, was swift. Bonneville International mentioned Napear’s feedback “do not reflect the views or values” of the corporate. The firm additionally referenced George Floyd, the 46-year-old black man whose dying final week after he was handcuffed and pinned to the bottom by a white Minneapolis police officer had ignited current protests.

“In the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death and the events of the last several days,” the corporate mentioned, “it is crucial that we communicate the tremendous respect that we have for the black community and any other groups or individuals who have cause to feel marginalized.”

Napear, through textual content message, declined to remark. The Kings thanked him for his contributions over 32 years, and Napear, in an announcement via the staff, mentioned, he’d “always remain a part of Kings nation in my heart.”