Grant Napear apologizes for ‘racist’ comments after Twitter feud with DeMarcus Cousins, Matt Barnes
Longtime Sacramento Kings play-by-play announcer Grant Napear was put on administrative leave by his network, NBC Sports California, following the controversial comments he made regarding the Black Lives Matter movement and the death of George Floyd.
Statement from NBC Sports California on Grant Napear: pic.twitter.com/yjZTujLk04
— Kings on NBCS (@NBCSKings) June 2, 2020
Ex-Kings center DeMarcus Cousins tagged Napear on Twitter and asked him his take about the dire situation. The 60-year-old sportscaster answered with “All Lives Matter,” which immediately put him in hot water.
Hey!!!! How are you? Thought you forgot about me. Haven't heard from you in years. ALL LIVES MATTER…EVERY SINGLE ONE!!! https://t.co/DfzKl3w0jm
— Grant Napear (@GrantNapearshow) June 1, 2020
Shortly after receiving the sanction, Napear expressed his remorse to Marcos Breton of The Sacramento Bee.
“I’m not as educated on BLM as I thought I was,” the Kings’ TV analyst said in a phone call. “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. I’m 60 years old and I still have a lot learn.”
Meanwhile, Cousins has no love lost for his former team since his ugly exit in 2017. Turns out, he also holds ill feelings towards Napear. He is not alone on this sentiment, given that another Kings player, Matt Barnes, accused Napear of being a “closet racist”.
Even Kings legend Chris Webber agrees that Napear has long been perpetuating bigotry.
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
Napear, meanwhile, also extended his apologies to Cousins and even asked him to talk about it in his radio show. Cousins, understandably, refused.
The longtime TV personality has been the voice of the Kings since 1988 and perhaps best known for his catchphrase “If you don’t like that, you don’t like NBA basketball”.
This is not the first time that he was involved in issues of racism, as he also infamously defended former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling during his scandal in 2014.