Sacramento Kings Play-By-Play Announcer Since 1988 Resigns After Sparking Outrage and Sadness By Saying ‘All Lives Matter’

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Sacramento Kings play-by-play announcer Grant Napear has been calling games for the NBA team since 1988.

Napear resigned on Tuesday following comments he made regarding the Black Lives Matter movement.

“ALL LIVES MATTER,” Napear wrote to Twitter. “EVERY SINGLE ONE!”

One person responded, “‘All lives matter’ is the go-to response from racist individuals when they’re asked about #BLM.”

Bonneville International released a statement that they are “saddened” by Napear saying “All lives matter.” This does not reflect their views.

Then Napear apologized for saying “all lives matter.”

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

“If it came across as dumb I apologize. That was not my intent,” Napear said.

The conversation started with DeMarcus Cousins asking Napear, “What’s your take on BLM?”

Meanwhile, Bonneville Sacramento, operator of sports talk radio station KHTK, announced that it had “parted ways” with Napear, meaning the popular sports talk show he hosted would be ending as well. Napear had been placed on administrative leave before the relationship ended Tuesday, according to KHTK post on Twitter.

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Napear reportedly got into some hot water earlier in his career when he defended disgraced former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and argued Sterling couldn’t be labeled a racist because he employed black people.

He also served a play-by-play announcer for the Oakland Raiders, Sacramento Mountain Lions and arena football’s San Jose SaberCats throughout his career, according to the Bee. One of his famed catchphrases was “If you don’t like that, you don’t like NBA basketball.”