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Grant Napear fired from KHTK, resigns as Kings play-by-play announcer

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Sacramento Kings and Grant Napear have parted ways.

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Grant Napear has resigned from his position as the play-by-play commentator for the Sacramento Kings following the backlash he received for a tweet about the Black Lives Matter movement, according to Jason Jones of The Athletic.

Napear has also been fired from Sports 1140 KHTK, Bonneville Sacramento announced in a statement on Tuesday. Napear was placed on administrative leave by the radio station on Monday.

Napear released a statement about his decision to walk away from the Kings on Tuesday:

Napear has been the Kings’ television play-by-play announcer since 1988. He also hosted The Grant Napear Show with Doug Christie on Sports 1140 KHTK.

Napear’s resignation from the Kings and firing from KHTK comes on the heels of his response to DeMarcus Cousins’ question about the Black Lives Matter movement.

The tweet drew immediate criticism from former Kings players, including arguably the greatest player to ever play for Sacramento, Chris Webber.

Matt Barnes even went as far as to call Napear a “closet racist.”

This isn’t the first time Napear has created controversy around himself, either.

In 2015, Napear defended shamed Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on his radio show, despite the fact that there was audio of Sterling making racist comments about minorities. Napear doubled down on his opinion of Sterling in 2018, when he said Sterling couldn’t be racist because he hired Doc Rivers and Elgin Baylor.

Napear has apologized for his most recent comments on Twitter:

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.