Update: Sacramento Kings Broadcaster Resigns After Tweeting 'All Lives Matter'

Jesse Pantuosco
June 02, 2020 - 9:05 pm

Longtime Sacramento Kings announcer Grant Napear has tweeted himself into a corner. Napear, who has broadcast Kings games in some capacity since 1988, was placed on administrative leave by Sacramento-based radio station KHTK after posting an ill-advised tweet Sunday night. When asked by former Kings center DeMarcus Cousins to comment on the widespread protests and resulting violence stemming from George Floyd’s tragic death at the hands of Minneapolis police last week, Napear replied, “ALL LIVES MATTER … EVERY SINGLE ONE!!”

The tweet, which drew instant backlash, was predictably criticized as insensitive to the Black Lives Matter movement. Cousins and other former Kings players including Matt Barnes and Chris Webber didn’t seem particularly surprised by Napear’s response, implying the announcer has made similar remarks in the past.

Napear has since backed off his controversial tweet, apologizing for being uninformed on the subject. “I’m not as educated on BLM as I thought I was,” Napear told Marcos Breton of the Sacramento Bee. “I’m 60 years old and I still have a lot to learn.”

The apology was apparently too little too late as KHTK announced Napear had been placed on administrative leave less than 24 hours later. The Kings have also acknowledged Napear’s lapse in judgment.

“Grant's recent Twitter comments do not reflect our organization's views and values,” the team said in a statement released Monday. “We are reviewing the matter further with our broadcast partners NBC Sports California and Sports 1140 KHTK." The length of Napear’s absence has yet to be determined, while KHTK is still weighing whether he’ll appear on future Kings broadcasts.

Update: 6:50 PM ET

Napear has resigned from his post as the Kings' lead play-by-play announcer, effective immediately.

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