The NBA announcer Grant Napear has been fired because of his comment over ‘All Lives Matter’
Incase you don’t know, Grant Napear was fired by his radio station and resigned as the Sacramento Kings TV play-by-play announcer Tuesday
That was after his tweet that said “All Lives Matter” amid the George Floyd protests was met with backlash.
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It has become the driver of protests over police brutality and racial injustice all over the country after Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died at the hands of police last week in Minneapolis.
This phrase, “All Lives Matter,” is seen by many as mocking the Black Lives Matter movement, which began in 2013 as a campaign against systematic racism and violence toward black people.
Grant Napear, a graduate of Syosset High School on Long Island, tweeted “All Lives Matter…Every Single One!” on Sunday after former Kings star DeMarcus Cousins asked the 60-year-old for his view on the Black Lives Matter movement.
The parent company of KHTK, the station in which Napear hosted his namesake show, said “the timing of Grant’s tweet was particularly insensitive.” Napear had been placed on leave by the station Monday.
The Kings didn’t address the tweet in its statement, according to ESPN, only saying that they wished Napear the best and thanked him for his service to the organization.
According to records, Napear had been the Kings announcer since 1988
Grant Napear said in a statement Tuesday “I want to thank the fans for their overwhelming love and support,” “I will always remain a part of Kings nation in my heart.”