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.
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
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.