Grant Napear

Grant Napear is no longer with the Sacramento Kings. Napear had been the Kings’ play-by-play announcer on local television broadcasts (currently carried on NBC Sports California) since 1988, in addition to hosting a radio show on 1140 KHTK, but he was placed on administrative leave by KHTK Monday following a contentious Twitter exchange with former Kings’ player DeMarcus Cousins Sunday night (which also led to Napear not appearing on his normal show Monday). And the Kings announced Tuesday afternoon that Napear has resigned from his role with them, as relayed by Jason Jones, the Kings’ beat writer for The Athletic:

KHTK also announced on air that Napear had been fired:

What led to this? Well, it started with the exchange with Cousins Sunday, where Cousins asked Napear for his thoughts on Black Lives Matter and Napear (who had had some notable exchanges with Cousins while the latter played for the Kings) responded with an “All lives matter” tweet:

As former Kings player Andre Miller noted, “All lives matter” carries a lot of baggage, as it’s been a line used by many to try and downplay specific concerns raised by Black Lives Matter:

And Napear’s “If I came across as dumb, I apologize” response didn’t exactly help him much:

It’s notable that this also led to further criticism of Napear by former Kings Chris Webber (now a TNT analyst), Matt Barnes, and Cousins, including pointing out some questionable comments he’s made in the past (including a 2018 defense of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling):

This came after a NBC Sports California statement Monday, too:

“Our company values and honors inclusion and equality. Racism, injustice and violence run counter to everything we stand for and cannot be tolerated in our society. Grant Napear’s recent comments on Twitter do not reflect the views of NBC Sports California. We’ve spoken to Grant’s employer, the Sacramento Kings, about the matter.”

So in less than 48 hours, Napear has resigned from his Kings’ job and lost his radio station job over comments on Twitter towards a former Kings’ player. That’s remarkable to see.

[Photo via Bleacher Report]

About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.