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Grant Napear’s €œAll Lives Matter€ tweet elicits strong replies from former players

In the wake of protests around the country, Grant Napear's tweet drew responses from DeMarcus Cousins, Chris Webber, and Matt Barnes.

In the wake of nationwide protests following the on-camera killing of George Floyd, former Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins asked Kings play-by-play announcer Grant Napear for his thoughts on Black Lives Matter. Napear's response was "All Lives Matter":

This sparked a backlash from former players, beginning with DeMarcus Cousins, but then Chris Webber and Matt Barnes also chimed in:

Grant added addition tweets to clarify his position, but they only served to increase the backlash against him. As of this morning, Napear apologized on Twitter:

 

We will continue to keep an eye on this story to see if anything develops further.

UPDATE 2:00 PM:

Grant Napear spoke with the Sacramento Bee's Marcos Breton and apologized for his words.

€œI'm not as educated on BLM as I thought I was,€ Napear said to me. €œI had no idea that when I said €˜All Lives Matter' that it was counter to what BLM was trying to get across.€

 

Napear was emotional on the phone and was sincere.

 

€œI'm in pain,€ he said. €œI'm 60 years old and I still have a lot learn.€

Napear also says he will apologize publicly on his KHTK radio show later today.

UPDATE 3:03 PM:

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G-naps
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June 1, 2020 10:16 am

And Aaron throwing gas on the fire

EnglishKing
June 1, 2020 10:17 am

Solid broadcaster. Out of touch individual.

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June 1, 2020 10:22 am
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June 1, 2020 7:08 pm
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Spencer’s finest moment. Not that there a lot of great one’s to choose from, but still.

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June 1, 2020 10:25 am

An easy way out of this, Grant, is to say Black lives matter. It’s better than the apology you offered!

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June 1, 2020 10:33 am
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Literally could’ve just replied with “Black Lives Matter.” Instead he has 20 tweets trying to justify “All Lives Matter.”

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June 1, 2020 11:21 am
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he’s not going to do that. as he was ‘raised’ to parrot racist counter slogans.

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.

#FireGrantNapier

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June 1, 2020 12:04 pm
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He was given the softest of soft ball questions by Demarcus and he couldn’t even help himself in the face of the greatest time of mass uprising and protest since the Civil Rights Movement. That’s how you know it runs deep for Grant.

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June 1, 2020 2:40 pm

Grant is sooooooffft

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June 1, 2020 10:29 am

Top tier trolling by Cousins, knowing Grant would tell on himself

Ifeanyi
June 1, 2020 12:34 pm

Absolutely genius!

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June 1, 2020 10:32 am

Boogie threw that bait out there and Grant ate it all up and then some. That was so incredibly easy for Grant to show his true colors.

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June 1, 2020 2:04 pm

I take back all those horrible things I’ve said abt DMC over the years (at least for today).

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June 1, 2020 10:40 am

Boogie was a fun player to watch. Grant is a great broadcaster, but I’ve soured on how rude he is to fans who call in to his show and how literally he ties the company line, even when the team makes awful decisions.

America needs more Jerry Reynolds, that’s what I know.

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June 1, 2020 10:40 am
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How loyally he tows*

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June 2, 2020 7:32 am
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*toes

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June 1, 2020 10:54 am
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America needs more Jerry Reynolds, that’s what I know.

This.

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June 1, 2020 11:07 am
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Can we de-age Jerry? I mean I’m pretty sure we can. With all the crazy shit going on in 2020, I’m pretty certain scientists would soon unveil a time machine.

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June 1, 2020 11:10 am
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Is there a Benjamin button we can press?

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June 1, 2020 2:41 pm
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Curse you and take my upvote. Go away.

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June 1, 2020 10:42 am

Forgot one…

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June 1, 2020 10:48 am
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“Trust me” = “the next few words to follow are bullshit.

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June 1, 2020 10:55 am
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LOL. I wouldn’t be surprised if he has more black acquaintances than white. But I think we’d need to survey those acquaintances to see if they consider Grant a friend.

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June 1, 2020 11:00 am
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“OH BOY!”

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June 1, 2020 11:02 am
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At the end of the clip, is that a Freudian slip by Grant putting up his hand to parry any possible kiss from DeMarcus?

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June 1, 2020 11:07 am
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I know its a short clip but DMC doesnt even look Grants way

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June 1, 2020 11:12 am
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“NO KISS FOR YOU!”

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June 1, 2020 1:47 pm
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I would be very surprised. He lives in a very white area (EDH), and he used to attend a white church in Elk Grove (and presumably attends another white church, if he goes at all).

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June 2, 2020 11:04 am
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Oh, I don’t doubt he infrequently interacts with people of color in his free time. But in his professional life?
 
He might believe all the players are his friends.

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June 1, 2020 11:07 am
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The token black friend

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June 1, 2020 12:54 pm
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I can’t believe he actually pulled out the “But, I have black friends” cliche in earnest. That alone displays exactly how culturally oblivious he is.

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June 1, 2020 11:30 am

“Some of my best color analysts are black!”

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June 1, 2020 12:07 pm

So I’m confused here. Grant is many things but I don’t see the controversy here. Grant only said ALL lives matter. Doesn’t thst also include black lives too? Why is this a controversy?

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June 1, 2020 12:13 pm

You aren’t confused. Either you’re being disingenuous or you’re being obtuse. Either way, I’d advise other posters to consider your past statements and consider if this deserves earnest responses.

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June 1, 2020 12:20 pm

I’m pretty sure I know what his two usernames were at the old site. I’d suggest downvoting him and moving on.

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June 1, 2020 2:04 pm
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What were they?! Besides me of course.

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June 2, 2020 12:30 am

Wow, really… those are his only options: being obtuse or disingenuous? Some people like myself (in the past) needed to be educated on the difference of the 2 slogans and its meaning. For a time, I didn’t know saying All Lives Matter in response to BLM was a negative until I educated myself on the topic. Not everyone has bad intentions. But from the rest of your post, it sounds like Nem_Business has had a ‘history’ of stoking controversy, so definitely not defending him here, Or Grant for that matter. From Grant’s tweet, it definitely felt like he knew what he was saying and knew the responses it would illicit. So I have no sympathy for ppl like him.
 
But I am curious to know, what does Grant mean when he says: “That’s how I was raised. It has been engrained in me since I can remember.” I don’t know him and don’t listen to his radio show. But if it means what I interpret it to mean, then I think he’s done.

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June 1, 2020 12:19 pm

Because not ALL LIVES are being oppressed. Not ALL LIVES are being taken by racist cops.

Hope that helps.

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June 1, 2020 1:23 pm
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It’s really not very hard. It’s only hard if you’re trying to make it more difficult.

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June 2, 2020 2:59 am
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Read my statement again:
 

Not ALL LIVES are being taken by racist cops.

 
The statistics you point to show that all races get killed by cops, which we all already knew. That has nothing to do with my statement.
 
Do you believe there are black racist cops killing innocent white people because of their skin color?
 
Otherwise, I don’t see where you are finding a problem with my statement.

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June 2, 2020 3:24 am
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Another thing you need to consider when looking at statistics is how many people are in each category.
 
Your chart only shows the number of people in each race that were shot by cops in these years. Do you know what percentage of the US population those groups make up? There are not the same amount of white people as black people in the US, obviously.
 
White people made up 76.5% of the population in 2019, while black people made up 13.4%. So, how do your numbers look in that context?

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June 2, 2020 8:13 am
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it’s classic stormfront misinformation and statistics abuse. They do it on purpose. He’s not doing this on accident.

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June 2, 2020 4:18 pm
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If there’s anything I can appreciate about former StR commenters/current TKH commenters is their ability to argue. I’m really glad that the consensus here is so heavily in favor of BLM, it warms my heart.

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June 4, 2020 3:23 pm

Me too.

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June 2, 2020 11:17 pm
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White people made up 76.5% of the population in 2019, while black people made up 13.4%. So, how do your numbers look in that context?

I see your point. I found another chart that broke down the data per capita of the population:
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June 2, 2020 8:12 am
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yawn, stormfront misuse of stats is back again.

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June 2, 2020 4:06 pm
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Yeah that’s not how statistics work. If the data isn’t proportional based on the population size of each subset then it’s irrelevant. But I suspect you already knew that.
 
 

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June 1, 2020 12:35 pm

Heh, I thought I’d get the -5 first .. No stabbie for you 😉

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June 1, 2020 12:39 pm
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I do like this topic as breaking news for KingsHerald .. THUMBS UP!

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June 1, 2020 12:42 pm
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You have the advantage of being open to earnest engagement, a positive contributor to this community, and one to approach discussion/debate in good faith. As far as I can tell, at least.

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June 1, 2020 5:02 pm

NB, i’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and reply in the hopes that you are being earnest and if even if you aren’t, perhaps someone else will see this who might be willing to learn. “All Lives Matter” is something people say when they don’t want to admit that black people are treated any differently than they are. It’s a way to deny that systematic racism exists.
 
It goes without saying that most sane people know and understand that “All Lives” should matter. Saying #BlackLivesMatter doesn’t mean you don’t matter, it’s an acknowledgement that black people have never been treated like they do.

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Thank you very much.
Being from Europe, as I asume NB is too, it´s impossible to understand BLM/ALM without this explanation.
To make things even worse ALM would have been my exact answer, not knowing what it means in this context. And I was phrasing the same question as NB about being confused.
 

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June 2, 2020 8:14 am
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Grant 100% absolutely knew how ALM came about. That’s why his saying this is such an affront – he knew he was parroting a white supremacy slogan.
 
#FireGrantNapier

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Even if he really didn´t know and I asume he knows. – in his job, he has to know and to be aware of.
 
I just tried to explane that, for me being a non-US- American, it´s quite hard to understand the phrasing and meaning.

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June 2, 2020 11:58 am
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absolutely – as a non-American, there’s little way for you to know the difference, but Grant works in an industry that is full of conversation on the subject, so he’s guaranteed to know.

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June 1, 2020 12:11 pm

Bradley, what do you think about reaching out to Grant to come on your podcast?

Wait, never mind I don’t really care what he has to say anymore. How about Jason Jones to speak about all of this?

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June 1, 2020 12:24 pm
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Or Kimani Okearah? I’d love to hear him on the podcast.

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June 1, 2020 12:13 pm

POP! Talk about coming in hot.

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June 1, 2020 12:22 pm

Pop always has excellent things to say about situations like this, and he doesn’t pull punches. Which makes it even better.

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June 1, 2020 12:21 pm

I’ve said it before, but I am so, so tired of Grant Napear.

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June 1, 2020 12:27 pm

1. It’s not a real apology if you say €œIF it came across as dumb€ because it means he doesn’t really believe it does and is putting it on how people are interpreting it, not what he said.

2. He posted that last night, not this morning. He is choosing to be incredibly silent this morning and not address everyone speaking out about it

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June 1, 2020 12:38 pm
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Quick, Grant, get to the bunker!

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June 1, 2020 12:44 pm
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Bunker!

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June 1, 2020 12:38 pm
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Thank you–I totally agree about point #1. (classic Non-apology)

Also:

I’ve been doing more listening than talking the past few days.

Who is he listening to? (Is Doug Christie softballing things to him?)

If Grant still hasn’t admitted “yes, black lives do matter–I understand the statement now” after doing ‘more listening than talking’, then it’s time to just ignore him completely.

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June 1, 2020 12:41 pm
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Yeah, that’s the key point. Anybody who is still coming back with “b-b-b-but all lives matter” is deliberately, willfully not listening.

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June 1, 2020 12:53 pm
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Grant isnt the only one who is silent today…

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June 1, 2020 1:16 pm
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One of the most important things I’ve learned from the book of How To Stay Married, is to never, EVER say….

“I’m sorry that you feel that way.”

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June 1, 2020 1:26 pm
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Greg loaned me a book and now I’m divorced.

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June 1, 2020 1:30 pm
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Yep. It is a blatant attempt to placate while abdicating personal responsibility.

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June 1, 2020 1:34 pm

I’m sorry you feel that way.

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June 1, 2020 5:35 pm
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I’m guessing KHTK and the Kings have told him to STFU for a bit because when he speaks on this subject he puts his foot in his mouth. This is also why I think KHTK has put him on leave. It’s to take his mic away he doesn’t completely kill any credibility he has left.

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June 2, 2020 12:56 am
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If he has a history of this, then he needs to take a permanent hike.

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June 1, 2020 12:49 pm
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I’d say this calls for a statement from Vivek and the Kings on their employee Grant Napear’s views. Kudos to the Bee!

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June 1, 2020 12:53 pm
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€œIf there is any player in the NBA that should not be talking about fan behavior, and about how to treat athletes as opposed to people, it’s DeMarcus Cousins,€ Napear said on his radio program he hosts with former Kings star Doug Christie back in 2019. Cousins had called out Toronto Raptors fans for cheering when then-Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury and Napear wasn’t having it.

€œThis guy is the crudest, most vile player that I have ever been around in my 31 years in the NBA,€ Napear said.

And yet, nary a negative word about Cousins while he was here. Spineless.

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June 1, 2020 1:04 pm
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Which leads to the question, if Grant were to be fired by the Kings, would he immediately start talking shit about himself and defending the Kings’ decision?

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June 1, 2020 1:11 pm
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June 1, 2020 1:51 pm

He would immediately call the Maloofs and ask them if he could be the PBP guy for the Vegas Golden Knights.

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June 1, 2020 2:02 pm
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His dream of calling hockey would finally be true!

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June 1, 2020 5:53 pm
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“Welcome to H-E-double hockey sticks”

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June 1, 2020 2:42 pm
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Please no. God no. Please Lord no.

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June 1, 2020 1:57 pm

Ay ay ay. I’m glad I’m not a part of this discussion on Twitter. Or anywhere else for that matter.

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June 1, 2020 2:06 pm

Dave…I know you’re reading this….the clock might be ticking on your guy….

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June 1, 2020 8:20 pm
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One would hope Dave is smart enough to know this does not bode well for Grant and not chime in on this.
 
Dave did retweet the bee article about grants “apology” but I guess friends will support friends.
 
 
 

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June 1, 2020 2:48 pm

https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/article243173241.html

The Bee weights in…

I really wish I could tune into the radio show today.

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June 1, 2020 2:58 pm
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I predict 3 hours of Grant patronizing the audience to save his job.

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June 1, 2020 3:05 pm
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And 4x call screening.

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June 1, 2020 3:05 pm

I refuse to believe Grant is this dense. He knows what he’s saying. I’m not going to miss him, replace his ass now.

#FireGrantNapear

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June 1, 2020 4:07 pm

It really is a shitty defense he raises. Are we really supposed to believe that a guy who’s active on social media, and/or even just around NBA players & staff is supposed to not know the background of the ALM idiocy?

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June 1, 2020 5:24 pm

Yeah, his response is nonsense. He knew what he was saying and its connotations.

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June 1, 2020 3:08 pm

Napear now on administrative leave. Deservedly so.

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June 1, 2020 3:14 pm
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June 1, 2020 3:24 pm
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really? wow!

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June 1, 2020 4:06 pm
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He certainly earned it. I absolutely cannot believe that a person in position, as visible as he is, didn’t know exactly what he was doing.

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June 1, 2020 4:11 pm
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To think that DMC might out-smart Peaches into getting himself fired is just….
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