Sacramento Kings play-by-play announcer Grant Napear, who has called games for the NBA team since 1988, resigned Tuesday after comments he made about the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Grant Napear has resigned from the Sacramento Kings,” the team said, according to the Sacramento Bee. “We thank him for his contribution to the team and wish him all the best.”
“I want to thank the fans for their overwhelming love and support,” Napear added in a statement. “I will always remain part of the King’s nation in my heart.”
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On Sunday night, Napear responded to Twitter after former Kings star DeMarcus Cousins asked him to comment on the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd on May 25 while he was in the Minneapolis Police Department.
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The “Black Lives Matter” movement grew from concern over police brutality in America, especially to African Americans and other minorities. Its supporters have often criticized the “All Lives Matter” response, saying it represents an attempt to conceal or invalidate the Black Lives Matter message.
Meanwhile, Bonneville Sacramento, operator of the sports talk radio station KHTK, announced that it and Napear had “parted ways,” which means that the popular sports talk program hosted by Napear would also end. Napear was previously placed on administrative leave by the station and its parent company, before the relationship ended on Tuesday, according to the KHTK post on Twitter.
After his initial comments, Napear had apologized to Bee on Monday.
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“I’m not as educated at BLM as I thought I was,” Napear said. “I had no idea when I said ‘All Lives Matter’ that it was contrary to what BLM was trying to get over.”
He also posted his own apology on Twitter.
“If it came off as stupid I apologize. That was not my intention,” Napear said. “That’s how I grew up. It has impressed me since I remember. I have listened more than talk in recent days. I think the last days will change this country for the better!”
Reportedly, Napear got into some hot water earlier in his career when he defended scandalous former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, claiming that Sterling could not be labeled a racist because he employed black people.
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He also served as a play-by-play advertiser for the Oakland Raiders, Sacramento Mountain Lions and Arena Football San Jose SaberCats throughout his career, according to Bee. One of his famous catchphrases was “If you don’t like it, you don’t like NBA basketball.”
Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report