An Oakland A’s broadcaster is in hot water following comments made on the air during a recent game. During a recent matchup against the Royals, Glen Kuiper said a racial slur while talking about the Negro League’s Baseball Museum.
The remark received immediate backlash resulting in an indefinite suspension. MLB fans have been quick to comment.
Oakland made its way to the Midwest as part of a six-game road trip this week. While in Kansas City, the broadcast crew made the most of its time, taking in the sights and sounds of the area.
That included stopping in at some local barbeque joints while also taking a visit to the Negro League’s Baseball Museum.
While calling Friday night’s game, the A’s broadcaster attempted to tell viewers about his experience in Kansas City. That attempt failed miserably.
For those asking why Glen Kuiper just made an on-air apology, here’s why. pic.twitter.com/k1we7gf3GT
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) May 6, 2023
While trying to say, “Negro League,” Kuiper seemed to slip. Fans quickly replied to the now viral clip in the comments section.
One person wrote, “Yeah that was definitely not a mistake.”
Someone else said, “He was so tired of working for the A’s he cancelled himself.”
Kuiper later issued an apology, saying that the word obviously didn’t come out as he’d intended.
Bob Kendrick, the president of the Negro League’s Baseball Museum, gave a statement over the weekend that pled for “forgiveness.”
My Official Statement on the Glen Kuiper incident is below. pic.twitter.com/txAmPH9ulI
— Bob Kendrick (@nlbmprez) May 6, 2023
Unfortunately, it didn’t help ease the punishment for Kuiper.
The A’s have issued an indefinite suspension for the broadcaster, meaning he’ll not be in the booth for the foreseeable future.
“The language used by Glen Kuiper during (Friday’s) pregame broadcast is unacceptable,” the team said in a statement. “The Oakland Athletics do not condone such language. We are working to address the situation.”
Kuiper is currently in his 20th season with the A’s.