Sacramento Kings Announcer Resigns After 30 Years On The Job Following Tweet To DeMarcus Cousins About Black Lives Matter

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File this one under Life Comes At You Fast, folks.

Grant Napear had been the Sacramento Kings play-by-play announcer since 1988, enduring more loss and hardship than any one man should. For perspective, during his rookie year in the booth, Vinny Del Negro and Kenny Smith were on the roster. Since then, the team has only won five playoff series and haven’t made the postseason in 13 seasons.

Three decades as the voice of the Kings just went POOF after former franchise player DeMarcus Cousins baited him into the larger conversations surrounding George Floyd.

Former Kings players Chris Webber and Matt Barnes weighed in on Napear’s refusal to endorse the BLM movement, and their responses lead one to believe that Napear hasn’t endeared himself to black players over the years.

Barnes didn’t stop there.

Sports 1140 KHTK’s Jason Ross then announced Napear’s suspension from his own show, The Grant Napear Show, on Monday.

“Grant Napear has been placed on administrative leave while we are investigating the statement that was made on Twitter,” the statement read.

The dominoes continued to fall for Napear, as the Kings announced the news of Napear’s resignation in a statement Tuesday.

Grant Napear has resigned from the Sacramento Kings, the statement reads. “We thank him for his contributions to the team and wish him all the best.”

In defense of Grant:

Shit is wild in the Twitter streets, too.

Matt’s love of writing was born during a sixth grade assembly when it was announced that his essay titled “Why Drugs Are Bad” had taken first prize in D.A.R.E.’s grade-wide contest. The anti-drug people gave him a $50 savings bond for his brave contribution to crime-fighting, and upon the bond’s maturity 10 years later, he used it to buy his very first bag of marijuana.

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