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Grant Napear Put On Administrative Leave By KHTK

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TV voice of the Sacramento Kings and local afternoon radio host on 1140 KHTK, Grant Napear has been placed on administrative leave by the station after responding on Twitter to the Black Lives Matter movement with “All Lives Matter.”

First reported by Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee, Napear was off-air Monday afternoon as program director Jason Ross read a statement on behalf of 1140 KHTK and parent company Bonneville Corporation.

“Grant Napear has been placed on administrative leave while we are investigating the statement that was made on Twitter,” Ross said.

The statement came during an exchange with former Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, who reached out to Napear, looking for a response from the sportscaster regarding the BLM movement. 

The “all lives matter” reaction to BLM generally represents a misunderstanding of and contempt for the movement. Napear admitted as much during an interview with the Sacramento Bee Monday morning. 

“I’m not as educated on BLM as I thought I was,” Napear said. “I had no idea that when I said ‘All Lives Matter’ that it was counter to what BLM was trying to get across.” Beyond the interview with the Sacramento Bee, Napear continued to address the “all lives matter” statement on Twitter.

In response, Cousins tweeted that he wasn’t surprised by Napear’s take, while Chris Webber and Matt Barnes also reacted to the Twitter exchange. “Would expect nothing less from a closet racist,” Barnes wrote. 

Napear co-hosts weekdays from 3 – 7pm alongside his TV analyst and former Kings player Doug Christie. The Sacramento Kings also responded to Napear’s “all lives matter” tweet. 

“Grant’s recent Twitter comments do not reflect our organization’s views and values,” the team said of their play-by-play voice. “We are reviewing the matter further with our broadcast partners NBC Sports California and Sports 1140 KHTK.”

This was not the first time Napear had a Twitter exchange with Cousins. After Cousins criticized Toronto Raptors fans for cheering as Kevin Durant needed to be helped off the court in Game 5 of the NBA Finals last year, Napear followed with a harsh response.

“If there is any player in the NBA that should not be talking about fan behavior, and about how they treat athletes as opposed to people, it’s DeMarcus Cousins,” Napear said last year. “This guy is the rudest, crudest, most vile player that I have ever been around in my 31 years of covering the NBA.  He should not be speaking on this in any way shape or form.”

Napear also defended former Clippers owner Donald Sterling in 2014, claiming the disgraced businessman was not racist because he employed black people. 

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Dan Dakich: Craig Carton is ‘The Way Talk Radio Should Be’

“If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

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Craig Carton has prided himself on being one of those hosts who tells it like it is, especially when talking about New York’s pro sports teams.

That willingness to call a spade a spade and levy criticism on teams like the Jets and Giants, especially when things are not going well on the field, is something Dan Dakich has always seen as a recipe for success in the industry.

Interviewing Carton on Thursday on his Outkick show Don’t @ Me, Dakich praised the WFAN afternoon host for essentially creating a blueprint for how sports talk should be done.

“In Indianapolis I’m the bad guy right, because I say look the Colts stink, this regime is 46-49-1 – why are you telling me the GM is the best in the country – why are you telling me Frank Reich can really coach?” Dakich said. “New York’s different, though, right? I mean, New York they expect you to say look if you ain’t any good then you ain’t any good. Yu don’t sugarcoat nothing, and I think that’s the way talk radio should be.”

Carton noted that what’s key in how you critique a team or a front office, executive or owner is finding a balance. He said you can’t as a host be the ultimate homer and blow smoke up everyone’s behind.

“You have to be able to be critical when it’s warranted,” Carton said. “If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

Carton pointed out that the fan bases in both New York and in Indianapolis are ultimately the same, because at the end of the day it’s all about making sure you have competent people calling the right shots. He added that the organizations are the same too because of how sensitive they can be to criticism, which he said if they don’t like it, “too bad.”

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Nick Ashooh Joins BetMGM Tonight

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The talent lineup for the BetQL show BetMGM Tonight is expanding, and Nick Ashooh is joining the team.

The news became official on Thursday when BetQL announced the addition of Ashooh on Twitter.

Ashooh has worked mainly in the D.C. market up to this point in his career, hosting for Audacy and NBC Sports Washington. He had been contributing sports betting content for the BetQL network for the latter part of the last year.

Ashooh joins co-hosts Trysta Krick and Ryan Horvat on BetMGM Tonight. The show can be heard weeknights from 7-11 p.m.

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.5 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College. The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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