Grant Napear had been the Sacramento Kings play-by-play man since 1988, but those days are officially over after he resigned on Tuesday amidst a backlash from former Kings’ players and many fans after Napear’s “all lives matter” comment on Twitter.
“I want to thank the fans for their overwhelming love and support,” Napear said in a statement. “I will always remain a part of Kings nation in my heart.”
“His recent comments about the Black Lives Matter movement do not reflect the views or values of Bonneville International Corporation,” the media company that owns Sports 1140 said in a statement announcing the change. “The timing of Grant’s tweet was particularly insensitive. After reviewing the matter carefully, we have made the difficult decision to part ways with Grant.”
The controversy started when former Kings player DeMarcus Cousins asked Napear what he thought about Black Lives Matter.
“All lives matter” is a controversial phrase that only popped up as tol to respond to the Black Lives Matter movement that was speaking on cops taking the lives of Black men.
Cousins quickly responded that he expected this from Napear.
Chris Webber and Matt Barnes, two other former Kings, jumped in to comment about Napear.
Napier did take some time to apologize.
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