Starnes Blasts Suspension of NBA Announcer Who Said “All Lives Matter”
Todd Starnes, the best-selling author and host of the “Todd Starnes Radio Show” blasted a radio station on Tuesday over its decision to suspend an announcer who posted “All Lives Matter” on his Twitter account.
Grant Napear, the announcer, resigned after he tried to apologize and later said that he did not understand that “All Lives Matter” is considered an affront to the Black Lives Matter movement.
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“I’m not as educated on BLM as I thought I was,” he told the Sacramento Bee.
Starnes said, “Clearly, the NBA does not believe that all lives matter. The National Basketball Association is not exactly known for its diversity on the basketball court.”
Breitbart reported that Napear was asked about his thoughts on the movement by Demarcus Cousins, a former Sacramento Kings player. Chris Webber, another former player on the team, replied, “We know and have known who grant is. The team knows as well. I’ve told them many times. They’ve seen it. They know who he is.”
The country is experiencing riots in major cities over the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police. The officer seen in a viral video with his knee pressed on Floyd’s neck was charged with third-degree murder and lost his job. The other officers with him were also fired and could face charges.
Napear is the TV voice of the Kings and hosts a radio show on KHTK, according to the Bee. The report said he was placed on administrative leave by the station and its parent company.
The precise tweet was, “Hey!! How are you? Thought you forgot about me. Haven’t heard from you in years. ALL LIVES MATTER…EVERY SINGLE ONE!!!”
The Bee writer said that he spoke with Napear who was “emotional on the phone and was sincere.” The writer hinted that there could be some bad blood between Napear and the former players who called him out on Twitter, but said Napear should have simply not responded to the question. But Napear was contrite during their phone call.
“I’m in pain,” he told the writer. “I’m 60 years old and I still have a lot to learn.”