Ex-Kings announcer Grant Napear sues radio company over “all lives matter” dismissal
Former Sacramento Kings play-by-play announcer Grant Napear, who was fired last year after telling DeMarcus Cousins that “all lives matter,” KHTK-AM 1140 parent company now continues. which serves as the Kings radio house.
Napear is asking for more than “$ 75,000 in damages for wrongful dismissal, discrimination and retaliation,” reports The Sacramento Bee.
“Over a 26-year career in broadcasting (on KHTK), Grant Napear has become a prominent member of the media industry,” says the complaint filed by Fair Oaks law firm Ruggles in a document. filed in the Eastern District of California.
“In 2017, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded Napear its second Emmy Award for broadcasting games of the Sacramento Kings. … Napear alleges he was fired because he is a Caucasian male who posted a line on social media that (Bonneville International) claims it violates the ad hoc (and unpublished) policy of the company supporting Black Lives Matter.
The tweet in question came amid protests and tense protests in Sacramento following the police-implicated death of George Floyd.
Cousins, who had a history with Napear, tweeted the announcer and asked him what he thought of “Black Live Matter,” a social movement that aims to draw attention to police brutality against the African American community. . Napear responded with a tweet that included the phrase “all lives matter”, which some see as the antithesis of “Black Lives Matter”.