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Grant Napear had an exchange of messages via social networks with the basketball player DeMarcus Cousins

The Sacramento Kings ended their employment relationship with Grant Napear after 32 years.

Ezra Shaw / .

The Official voice of the Sacramento Kings for more than 30 years, Grant Napear, resigned from his position in the organization of the NBA team and was fired from the radio station in which he collaborated, after an exchange of comments via social networks with basketball player DeMarcus Cousins, as well as retired players Chris Webber and Matt Barnes.

“Grant Napear has resigned from the Sacramento Kings,” the team reported in a statement. “We appreciate your contributions to the team and wish you all the best.” added the document.

Likewise, Napear, 60 years old, in the first instance he was suspended from his radio program Sports 1140 KHTK; However, this Tuesday, The company decided to end its relationship with the also communicator after more than two decades.

Amid national protests over George Floyd’s death, Cousins ​​asked Napear via Twitter “What is your opinion of” Black Lives Matters? “, To which the announcer responded in capital letters “ALL LIVES MATTER (All Lives Matters) … EVERY ONE OF THEM”, which was interpreted as a challenge to the movement.

Barnes intervened in the conversation and wrote: “I would not expect anything less from a closet racist”, while Webber also opined. “Demarcus, we know and have known who Grant is. The team knows it too. I have told you many times. They have seen. They know who it is”.

The phrase “All Lives Matter” is a replica that is frequently used as an opposition to the slogans of the African American community who advocates against police brutality.

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