Grant Napear Rumors
Although he never got a chance at the time to publicly speak about the incident, Napear has started a new podcast and does not live in Sacramento anymore. “And 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,” Napear told FOX40. “I’m for equality for all, that’s how I was raised. That’s how my dad brought up my brother and I.”
“I know a lot of people are making it about DeMarcus because of the friction we had. And I mean this, I don’t have anything against DeMarcus. He’s got a lot of good qualities. He’s also got some bad qualities, again, but he’s got a pretty good heart,” Napear continued.
“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,’” he said. “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.”
Now, at age 61, Napear and his wife have moved to Miami temporarily. He’s started a new podcast, appropriately titled “If You Don’t Like That With Grant Napear.” “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,” Napear said.
Napear added that since he resigned from both KHTK and the Kings, that door is also open. He said he has received a ton of support since the incident at the start of the summer, but he’s also lost some friends too.
Ray: You are now going to be the Kings’ interim TV play-by-play announcer. Obviously, you have a very different style than Grant Napear. I would call his a ‘hot’ style and yours a ‘low-key’ style. Do you think that will affect how you are going to be received or how you are going to approach things, or is it irrelevant? Gary Gerould: I would not call it a concern, but it is certainly something I am very much aware of. Grant and I obviously have two distinctively different styles. I spoke to him recently after this acknowledgement from the Kings came that I was going to be plugged into an interim role as a television broadcaster for the games that the Kings are hoping to play later this month in Orlando. I said, “You know as well as I do how our styles are different and I am certainly not in any position where I am trying to fill your shoes. I am trying to do what I do and I will try to do it at the best of my ability.” How people will react to that is a giant unknown.
It took three words — “All Lives Matter” — for longtime shock jock and Sacramento Kings TV play-by-play announcer Grant Napear’s career to go up in flames, but the 60-year-old’s remorse only goes so far. “I don’t want to call it a mistake,” the Syosset, Long Island, native told The Post on Wednesday in a wide-ranging phone interview. Of the tweet and its aftermath, Napear said, “I don’t even know what adjective to describe it.”