Imagine being fired for saying that you respect ALL life?
Well, that’s exactly what happened to Grant Napear.
Napear is the iconic announcer for the Sacramento Kings.
He has called games for the Kings since 1988. For over 30 years, Napear has been one of the iconic voices of the NBA.
Now, he has “resigned” over backlash for saying that “all lives matter.”
However, many sports fans and political observers believe that he was forced to resign due to the politicization of sports.
More details below:
We live in a sad world when someone can appear to be fired for saying "all lives matter," but Hollywood and left wing media are able to make excuses for the rioters and looters in the streets.
And indeed, all lives matter.
Are these same protesters and rioters mourning the name of David Dorn?
Dorn, a retired black police officer, was shot in the back in St. Louis for protecting his friend's pawn shop.
Does his life matter? Or is it only the deaths that the media cherry picks to stoke anger?
Fox News confirms that Napear resigned from the NBA team:
Sacramento Kings play-by-play announcer Grant Napear, who called games for the NBA team since 1988, resigned Tuesday following comments he made regarding the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Grant Napear has resigned from the Sacramento Kings,” the team said, according to The Sacramento Bee. “We thank him for his contributions to the team and wish him all the best.”
“I want to thank the fans for their overwhelming love and support,” Napear added in a statement. “I will always remain a part of Kings nation in my heart.”
On Sunday evening, Napear responded on Twitter to former Kings star DeMarcus Cousins, who asked him to comment on the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the May 25 death of George Floyd while in police custody.
"Hey!!!! How are you? Thought you forgot about me. Haven't heard from you in years. ALL LIVES MATTER...EVERY SINGLE ONE!!!," Napear responded.
The "Black Lives Matter" movement grew from concerns about police brutality in America, particularly against African-Americans and other minorities. Its supporters have frequently criticized the "All Lives Matter" reaction, saying it represents an attempt to obscure or invalidate the Black Lives Matter message.
It is clear that Napear did not say anything racist or offensive in his tweet.
Rather, he was emphasizing that yes, all lives matter.
But he appears to have been fired for not sticking to the radical left-wing narrative.
Now, multiple people are stepping up to Napear's defense.
Chris Russo has issued a public statement saying that he has known Napear for 54 years and that he is NOT racist.
According to the NY Post:
Chris “Mad Dog” Russo said NBA announcer Grant Napear — who was fired from one job and resigned from another after his “All Lives Matter” tweet amid the George Floyd protests was met with backlash — is not a racist.
Russo — who has known Napear since “1965-66” — said others who know Napear in different periods of his life may have a different view, but the man he knows is not a racist.
“I have known Grant personally for 54 years,” Russo said on his “Mad Dog Sports Radio” show in a clip provided by the Funhouse Twitter account. “To say that Grant Napear is a racist is absurd. In my knowledge of him … Grant Napear, trust me when I say this, this is me, is anything but a racist.”
On Tuesday, Napear, a graduate of Syosset High School on Long Island, was fired by Sports 1140 KHTK in Sacramento and resigned as the Kings TV play-by-play announcer.
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.
Napear on Monday issued an apology published by the Sacramento Bee.
“[I was] not as educated on BLM as I thought,” he said. “I had no idea that when I said ‘All Lives Matter’ that it was counter to what BLM is trying to get across.”
Since when did correctly stating that "all lives matter" become racist?
Black lives are included under the umbrella of all lives.
Polictical correctnes and the politicization of sports has gone to far.
We should judge people by their actual words and actions, not what others project onto their words and actions.