Oakland Athletics broadcaster Glen Kuiper was let go by NBC Sports activities California after utilizing a racial slur throughout a telecast whereas describing a visit to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
Kuiper was suspended by the community following his slur that aired throughout a pregame phase of an A’s recreation towards the Kansas Metropolis Royals on Might 5. Kuiper talked a few journey to the museum with colleague Dallas Braden however seemingly mispronounced the phrase “Negro,” making it sound as a substitute like a slur.
“Following an inside evaluate, the choice has been made for NBC Sports activities California to finish its relationship with Glen Kuiper, efficient instantly,” the community mentioned in an announcement Monday. “We thank Glen for his dedication to Bay Space baseball over time.”
An individual aware of the investigation mentioned “the choice was based mostly on a wide range of components, together with data uncovered within the inside evaluate.” The particular person spoke on situation of anonymity and did not expose particular particulars as a result of the community had not publicly disclosed the outcomes of the investigation.
Kuiper mentioned in an announcement Monday night time that he mispronounced the phrase “negro” out of his pleasure speaking about his go to to the museum. “It was a horrible however trustworthy mispronunciation, and I take full accountability,” he mentioned.
Kuiper mentioned “racism is by no means part of me; it by no means has been, and it by no means can be.” “I’m an trustworthy, caring, form, honorable, respectful husband and father who would by no means utter a disparaging phrase about anyone. Those that know me finest know this about me,” he mentioned. “I want the Oakland A’s and NBC Sports activities would have considered my 20-year profession, my strong repute, integrity, and character, however on this present atmosphere traits like integrity and character are now not thought of. I’ll at all times have a tough time understanding how one mistake in a 20-year broadcasting profession is trigger for termination, however I do know one thing higher is in my future.”
A’s supervisor Mark Kotsay mentioned the choice wasn’t made by the group and that he sympathizes with Kuiper. “I can not think about being in his sneakers proper now,” Kotsay mentioned. “I believe personally, we missed a possibility right here possibly to make use of this as an academic platform. However as you mentioned, I do not make choices and this is not a choice I used to be concerned in and nor was the group actually. This was a choice made by NBC.”
Kuiper has been calling A’s video games within the Bay Space for the final 20 years. He’s the youthful brother of former main leaguer and Giants announcer Duane Kuiper.