SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Grant Napear has resigned from the Sacramento Kings and has been fired from his radio job at KHTK for controversial tweets about the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Kings issued a statement Tuesday saying: “Grant Napear has resigned from the Sacramento Kings. We thank him for his contributions to the team and wish him all the best.”

The firing and resing come one day after the popular radio host and sideline reporter for the Sacramento Kings was placed on administrative leave for Tweeting what’s considered an anti-Black Lives Matter message. It centers around an exchange between Kings center DeMarcus Cousins and Napear on Twitter. Cousins asked Napear for his take on the Black Lives Matter movement, to which Napear responded: “ALL LIVES MATTER…EVERY SINGLE ONE!!!”

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

Of the firing, Bonneville International, the company that owns KHTK, wrote:

“We were saddened by the comments Grant Napear recently made on Twitter.  While we appreciate Grant’s positive contributions to KHTK over the years, his recent comments about the Black Lives Matter movement do not reflect the views or values of Bonneville International Corporation.  The timing of Grant’s tweet was particularly insensitive.  After reviewing the matter carefully, we have made the difficult decision to part ways with Grant.

“Bonneville’s purpose is to build up, connect, inform, and celebrate communities and families.  In the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death and the events of the last several days, it is crucial that we communicate the tremendous respect that we have for the black community and any other groups or individuals who have cause to feel marginalized.  Bonneville remains committed to fostering calm and promoting human dignity in the face of unrest.  We plead for all to work together for peace and mutual respect.”

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

In a statement, Napear said: “I want to thank the fans for their overwhelming love and support. I will always remain a part of Kings nation in my heart.”

Napear, who was hired by KHTK in 1997, is one of Sacramento’s most well-known sports voices.

 

Comments (6)
  1. ma figueroa says:

    Napier seems to be a decent guy. Apparently The Kings Org, KHTK, Cousin, Webber, Barnes read from and follow a different Bible than the one the rest of us follow. What shameful conduct by The Kings and their players

  2. jason bourne says:

    I just cringed after Grant Napear tweeted. It was terribly insensitive barring what happened. If I painted Napear’s face black, then he may get the cuffed and laying face down with the knee on the throat. He would end up dying, too. This kind of things only happen to BLM and practically no one else. If I ended up with a counterfeit $20 bill, then that would not happen to me. You know it. I know it. We all know it.

  3. Nordquist Turtlebottom says:

    That was not what Matt Barnes tweeted. Why did you change it?

  4. Bri Joseph says:

    Since when does “All Lives Matter” become a racist statement? Every Hispanic, Asian, Muslim, Jewish and Caucasian groups should be up in arms of this negative-action of reverse racism. No one group should ever be held above another. To punish an individual for caring about all races and then punishing him for being honest and caring of all races just makes me sick. These types of actions is exactly why groups become infuriated with the media and one sided racist actions out in society today. Stop thinking about one race and think about everyone and all races as equals. If this is the Kings concept of equality for all, so be it. My family will stop attending the Kings games and hopefully others will follow also. Continue to discriminate against those who do care about all races and see where we will be and what society becomes in the near future. Watch the videos of Martin Luther King march and try to explalin to me why so many whites (if your going to single out a single group) stood next to King and supported his views and marched with the black community. If our society is so hateful of Blacks, this country would not have fought a civil war to end slavery. I will apoligize for the amount of time it has taken for all non-white groups to be afforded true equality. For the longest time i believed in the Democratic Party to correct the ways of the past but they as a whole they have lied and manipulated society and held groups down for to long while still promising those individuals a better future. If you want change. Maybe you should change your vote and make smarter decisions to improve yours and my future in this society we all live in. If not, prepare yourselves for another civil war. Sadly we will all turn against each other and that is not what the majority of Americans want to see or participate in.

  5. John says:

    I would like to know what is wrong about saying “all lives matter” in his response?

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