Sacramento Kings Announcer Grant Napear Loses Job After ‘All Lives Matter’ Tweet

The play-by-play announcer for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings franchise, Grant Napear, was fired following an exchange on Twitter with former Kings center DeMarcus Cousins.

Cousins asked Napear for his thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement. However, Napear responded, “All Lives Matter…Every Single One!”

Two days later the Kings said in a statement said Napear resigned from his TV role.

Following news of his resignation and dismissal, Napear issued a statement, per James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California:

“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.”

Bonneville Sacramento, which operates Sports 1140 KHTK Radio, also announced that it has parted ways with Napear.

“His recent comments about the Black Lives Matter movement do no reflect the views or values of Bonneville International Corporation,” the media company said. “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.”

Napear has been the Kings’ play-by-play announcer since 1988.

His remarks received numerous reactions from former Kings players on Twitter. From Cousins, Chris Webber, Matt Barnes to Doug Christie, who was a television color commentator alongside Napear.

“Demarcus we know and have known who [Napear] is,” Webber tweeted. “The team knows as well. I’ve told them many times. They’ve seen it. They know who he is.”

Napear also issued an apology to Marcos Breton of the Sacramento Bee on Monday for his remarks.

“I’m not as educated on BLM as I thought I was,” Napear said. “I had no idea that when I said ‘All Lives Matter’ that it was counter to what BLM was trying to get across.

“I’m in pain,” Napear added. “I’m 60 years old and I still have a lot learn.”

 

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.