A sports broadcaster in Sacramento was fired after catching heat for an insensitive tweet on Tuesday. Grant Napear who broadcasts for the Sacramento Kings was responding to NBA center Demarcus Cousins who tweeted the 60-year-old sportscaster asking for his opinion.
“Hey!!!! How are you? Thought you forgot about me. Haven’t heard from you in years. ALL LIVES MATTER…EVERY SINGLE ONE,” Napear tweeted on Sunday.
The three-day-old tweet caught so much attention that Napear was not only fired from 1140 KHTK in Sacramento but decided to walk away from his 32 year position as the Kings’ broadcaster.
Napear initially defended his stance on the basis of how he was raised, but soon backed away from it acknowledging that his tweet could come off as “dumb.”
“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 company that owns KHTK said in a press release. “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.”
Cousins a former Sacramento King himself fully expected Napear to respond as he did. Napear’s co-host and former Kings guard Doug Christie invited Cousins onto the show to which Boogie turned down.
Kings legend Chris Webber chimed in on Twitter saying he wasn’t surprised either by Napear’s tweet.