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A former sports broadcaster who was fired last June for simply arguing in a tweet that all lives — versus just black lives — should matter in a pluralist society, has no regrets or apologies about his allegedly “controversial” post.
Grant Napear, a former Sacramento Kings play-by-play announcer for radio station KHTK, bluntly told Sacramento station KTXL this week that he’s “not sorry.”
“I said ‘all lives matter, every single one’, because I meant it. Do the lives of Black people matter? Hell yeah, the lives of Black people matter. I’m for equality for all, that’s how I was raised. That’s how my dad brought up my brother and I,” he remarked.
He added that while it’s true he sometimes makes mistakes, this isn’t an example of one.
“Do I make mistakes? Yeah, I make mistakes and if I make a mistake, I try to say that I’m sorry. But I’m not sorry for saying ‘all lives matter, every single one,’” Napear explained.
“I’m not sorry because I believe that every life is important. I’m not sorry because I believe in equality for all. I’m not sorry because I try to treat everyone, regardless of the color of their skin, the same.”
And the evidence of his arguably justified lack of remorse lies in the fact that the tweet that cost him his job still remains posted on his feed:
Hey!!!! How are you? Thought you forgot about me. Haven’t heard from you in years. ALL LIVES MATTER…EVERY SINGLE ONE!!! https://t.co/DfzKl3w0jm
— Grant Napear (@GrantNapearshow) June 1, 2020
After he posted the tweet in late May, members of the illiberal left pounced, and in response, Napear’s employer swiftly terminated him a day later.
“We were saddened by the comments Grant Napear recently made on Twitter. While we appreciate Grant’s positive contributions to KHTK over the years, his recent comments about the Black Lives Matter movement do not reflect the views or values of Bonneville International Corporation. The timing of Grant’s tweet was particularly insensitive. After reviewing the matter carefully, we have made the difficult decision to part ways with Grant,” Bonneville International, the station’s parent company, said in a statement at the time.
“Bonneville’s purpose is to build up, connect, inform, and celebrate communities and families. In the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death and the events of the last several days, it is crucial that we communicate the tremendous respect that we have for the black community and any other groups or individuals who have cause to feel marginalized. Bonneville remains committed to fostering calm and promoting human dignity in the face of unrest. We plead for all to work together for peace and mutual respect.”
The tweet was posted amid the start of the George Floyd riots that left countless businesses burnt, lives ruined and people straight-up dead.
The riots were spawned by the death of criminal suspect George Floyd while in police custody. Some have alleged the death was a result of police brutality, though evidence exists suggesting otherwise.
Regardless, it’s unclear how paying tribute to all lives — including black lives — serves to disrespect or marginalize Floyd or any other minority.
The only real problem is that Napear did admittedly backtrack and somewhat apologize when the controversy over his otherwise benign tweet first erupted.
“If it came across as dumb I apologize. That was not my intent. That’s how I was raised. It has been engrained [sic] in me since I can remember. I’ve been doing more listening than talking the past few days. I believe the past few days will change this country for the better!” he wrote in an apologetic tweet at the time.
If it came across as dumb I apologize. That was not my intent. That’s how I was raised. It has been engrained in me since I can remember. I’ve been doing more listening than talking the past few days. I believe the past few days will change this country for the better! https://t.co/Gsh84BPBEk
— Grant Napear (@GrantNapearshow) June 1, 2020
The good news is that after “doing more listening,” he clearly finally realized that he’d done nothing wrong — nothing at all.
And so instead of just disappearing into the shadows, Napear eventually made a comeback by relocating to Miami (temporarily, he’s claimed) and launching his own podcast, “If You Don’t Like That With Grant Napear.”
“The one thing that has bothered me more than anything over the last three months is that I did not get a chance to speak to all of the fans, all of the people of Northern California, and those that have picked up on my career through hosting as a fill-in on ‘The Jim Rome Show,'” he said on the debut of the podcast earlier this month.
“And to those people who have been waiting for me to speak, I’m going to speak now and you’re going to hear what I have to say.”
Excited to announce the official launch of my podcast. If You Don’t Like That With Grant Napear available on most podcast platforms. #ohboy
— Grant Napear (@GrantNapearshow) October 6, 2020
In a day and age when most people quickly bow down to the irrational mob, it could be argued that Napear deserves credit — a lot of it, to boot — for taking a stand, and all while “having fun.”
“I’m going to do this podcast. I’m going to have fun with it, and then we’ll see where we are at six months or 12 months down the road. I could see myself back in Sacramento, you just never know,” he said in concluding remarks to KTXL.
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