Grant Napear resigned as the Kings’ TV play-by-play announcer and was fired from KHTK radio in Sacramento on Tuesday.
Napear was previously placed on administrative leave after he tweeted “All Lives Matter… Every single one.” His tweet was in response to former Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, who asked Napear for his take on the Black Lives Matter movement amid worldwide protests stemming from the death of George Floyd.
KHTK’s parent company, Bonneville International Corporation, said in a statement that Napear’s comments “do not reflect the views or values” of the company, and the timing of his tweet was “particularly insensitive.”
The Kings thanked Napear for his “contributions to the team” in a statement shared Tuesday night, and Napear added he will “always remain a part of Kings nation.”
The Kings say TV play-by-play announcer Grant Napear has resigned. “We thank him for his contributions to the team and wish him all the best.” Napear:
“I want to thank the fans for their overwhelming love and support. I will always remain a part of Kings nation in my heart.”
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) June 2, 2020
“I’m not as educated on BLM as I thought,” Napear said in an apology Monday to the Sacramento Bee. “I had no idea that when I said ‘All Lives Matter’ that it was counter to what BLM is trying to get across.”
Cousins, along with former Kings players Chris Webber and Matt Barnes, weren’t surprised by Napear’s tweet.
Lol as expected.
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) June 1, 2020
Would expect nothing less from a closet racists
— Matt Barnes (@Matt_Barnes22) June 1, 2020
Demarcus we know and have known who grant is. The team knows as well. I’ve told them many times. They’ve seen it. They know who he is. ?? https://t.co/4DI4f1DGUp
— Chris Webber (@realchriswebber) June 1, 2020
The former Kings players didn’t discuss specific instances of racism, but clips have surfaced on Twitter of Napear defending former Clippers owner Donald Sterling. On one radio show, Napear said because the Clippers had previously hired a black GM (Elgin Baylor) and a black coach (Doc Rivers) “it doesn’t balance out” that Sterling was racist.
Sterling was banned from the NBA in 2014 after making racist comments in a recorded conversation.
If you wonder some of what’s driving Boogie and Matt Barnes, listen to this. Apparently, according to Grant Napear, we shouldn’t have been applying the general label of racist to… wait for it… Donald Sterling. I guess he was only a partial racist? pic.twitter.com/6ZatxPu6tM
— Travis Heath (@DrTravisHeath) June 1, 2020
Napear had called Kings games on either TV or radio since 1988 prior to his resignation.