SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Grant Napear, the voice of the Sacramento Kings and co-host of a popular sports talk radio show, has been placed on administrative leave for a comment he tweeted about the Black Lives Matter movement.

Napier is one of Sacramento’s most well-known sports voices. He was involved in a back-and-forth exchange on Twitter with former Kings center DeMarcus Cousins and other former Kings players. Cousins asked Napear on Twitter for his take on the Black Lives Matter movement and Napear responded “ALL LIVES MATTER…EVERY SINGLE ONE!!!”

Cousins replied, “As expected,” while Chris Webber added, “We know who he is [clown face emoji].” Matt Barnes wrote, “We expect nothing less from a closet racist.”

Napier apologized in an interview with the Sacramento Bee, saying he wasn’t as educated on Black Lives Matter as he thought he was.

KHTK program Director Jason Ross confirmed Napear has been put on administrative leave.

The Kings issued the following statement: “Grant’s recent Twitter comments do not reflect our organization’s views and values. We are reviewing the matter further with our broadcast partners NBC Sports California and Sports 1140 KHTK.”

It’s unclear how long Napear will be on leave. He has been part of the KHTK lineup since 1997.



Comments (7)
  1. Lynda Morgan says:

    Really!? Because the view that all lives matter is s a problem for for the Sacramento Kings? OMG! INSANE! Clearly as a white person I am not safe at any of Sacramento Kings events. Good to know that at least.

    1. Josh Benjamin says:

      “All Lives Matter” is a retort to Black Lives Matter, used by white supremacists to give a palatable denial to the fact that black people have been treated unfairly. There have been incidents with Grant about race before. I personally feel like Grant was targeted by Demarcus because of their past, and Grant took the bait.

      It’s a stretch to say that white people aren’t safe at Kings games, try not to overreact.

      1. It's a mystery says:

        Barnes the thug? Weber the single reason we lost the championship when Vlade and Peja were leading us there? Who cares what they whine. All lives do matter, and that’s what CHRISTIANS believe. How horrible you think you can hijack a statement. Hundreds of blacks are shot and murdered each week by blacks across America. Prove to me black lives matter to blacks, then get back to me.

  2. Kathryn Orwig says:

    I’m perplexed! Why do blacks think they have the corner market on being treated unfairly. Throughout the history of man kind there has been discrimination of races such as, jews, indians, japanese and irish as well as religious discrimination. How can the black community dispute that “All Lives Matter”. I agree with It’s a mystery. Why is the black community not more concerned with blacks killing blacks, which happens daily, they don’t riot then. Reacting with violence does not work to change discrimination and racism, education, tolerance, understanding and empathy is a good start for all people to try and get along.
    BLM misión statement is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on black communities and vigilantes. I’m concerned about all the people that are rioting and vandalizing our community. Are they going to repay or fix the businesses they destroyed. That business didn’t do anything to them.

  3. Squibner Welch says:

    Curious as to why this story misreported Matt Barnes quote, which was actually “Would expect nothing less from a closet racists”

    Is this a new form of journalism, wherein you edit actual quotes to make people seem more intelligent and/or literate than they actually are?

  4. Ed C says:

    A closet racist? What about out in the open racists?

    Black Lives Matter co-founder appears to label white people ‘defects’ Actually, some BLM are worse than the Klan. They sound more like Hitler.

    A co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto argued that white people are “recessive genetic defects” and purportedly mused about how the race could be “wiped out,” according to a post on what appears to be her Facebook page. She also faced controversy in the news for a tweet posted a year ago stating: “Plz Allah give me strength to not cuss/kill these men and white folks out here today.”

    Chris, DeMarcus?

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