NBA Announcer Placed On Leave For Tweeting ‘All Lives Matter’



On Monday, Sacramento Kings announcer Grant Napear was placed on leave after he tweeted “All Lives Matter” in response to the riots across America.

“All Lives Matter… Every Single One!” Napear said on Sunday after he was asked by former Kings star Demarcus Cousins about the Black Lives Matter movement in relation to the ongoing unrest.

Napear latter apologized for saying that all lives mattered.

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“I’m not as educated on BLM as I thought I was,” Napear said while apologizing in The Sacramento Bee. “I had no idea that when I said ‘All Lives Matter’ that it was counter to what BLM is trying to get across.”

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But Cousins, along with Chris Webber, did not seem surprised by Napear’s tweet.

“Lol as expected,” Cousins replied.

“Demarcus we know and have known who grant is,” tweeted Webber, who also played for the Kings. “The team knows as well. I’ve told them many times. They’ve seen it. They know who he is.”

Webber added two clown emojis.

The Kings did not respond to a request for comment from the newspaper.

Napear, who is a graduate of Syosset High School on Long Island, hosts his own radio show on KHTK and has been the Kings announcer since 1988. The station said it is investigating Napear’s tweet.

According to the Sacramento Bee, Napear also was mired in controversy after defending Donald Sterling, saying the former Clippers owner couldn’t be racist because he employed black people.

The comments from Napear come as America is suffering from riots and looting from far-left extremist groups.

On Monday, President Donald Trump spoke from the Rose Garden about the ongoing riots in response to the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd.

“I am taking immediate presidential action to stop the violence and restore security and safety in America,” President Trump said. “I am mobilizing all federal resources civilian and military to stop the rioting and your Second Amendment rights.”

“First we are ending the riots and lawlessness that has spread throughout our country. We will end it now,” the President continued. “Today I have strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets. Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled. If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will quickly deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.”

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The president said that the riots in Washington, D.C., was a “total disgrace,” and revealed he was deploying “thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults, and the wanton destruction of property.”

“We are putting everybody on warning: Our seven o’clock curfew will be strictly enforced.  Those who threaten innocent life and property will be arrested, detained, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” the President continued. “I want the organizers of this terror to be on notice that you will face severe criminal penalties and lengthy sentences in jail.  This includes Antifa and others who are leading instigators of this violence.”

“We have one beautiful law. And once that is restored and fully restored, we will help you, we will help your business, and we will help your family,” he continued. “America is founded upon the rule of law.  It is the foundation of our prosperity, our freedom, and our very way of life.  But where there is no law, there is no opportunity.  Where there is no justice, there is no liberty.  Where there is no safety, there is no future.”

“We must never give in to anger or hatred.  If malice or violence reigns, then none of us is free,” the President concluded. “I take these actions today with firm resolve and with a true and passionate love for our country.  By far, our greatest days lie ahead.”

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