June 1, 2020 | 11: 06pm| Up to date June 2, 2020 | 1: 29am
Sacramento Kings participate in-by-enjoy announcer Grant Napear was positioned on administrative leave by his radio station Monday after tweeting “All Lives Issue,” a controversial phrase related with belittling the Black Lives Subject movement.
“All Lives Matter… Just about every Solitary One!” the 60-12 months-outdated Napear tweeted Sunday just after previous Kings star Demarcus Cousins questioned the KHTK radio host for his watch on the Black Lives Make any difference movement.
The Black Lives Subject motion started in 2013 as a marketing campaign versus systemic racism and violence towards black persons, and it is the focal point of protests in reaction to the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-previous black man who was killed by a white law enforcement officer very last week in Minneapolis.
“I’m not as educated on BLM as I thought I was,” Napear stated in an apology printed by The Sacramento Bee. “I experienced no plan that when I said ‘All Lives Matter’ that it was counter to what BLM is striving to get across.”
But Cousins, along with Chris Webber, did not appear stunned by Napear’s tweet.
“Lol as anticipated,” Cousins replied.
“Demarcus we know and have acknowledged who grant is,” tweeted Webber, who also performed for the Kings. “The team is familiar with as well. I have told them a lot of occasions. They’ve viewed it. They know who he is.”
Webber included two clown emojis.
The Kings did not answer to a request for remark from the newspaper.
Napear, who is a graduate of Syosset Higher University on Extensive Island, hosts his personal radio exhibit on KHTK and has been the Kings announcer considering that 1988. The station stated it is investigating Napear’s tweet.
In accordance to the Sacramento Bee, Napear also was mired in controversy right after defending Donald Sterling, expressing the former Clippers operator couldn’t be racist simply because he employed black people.