Veteran Oakland A’s broadcaster, Glen Kuiper was fired by NBC Sports California after the sports announcer used a racial slur, saying the “n” word on air. The network, however, thanked their longtime announcer for his dedication to Bay Area baseball over the years.
Glen Kuiper Used The ‘N’ Word
Glen Kuiper, longtime announcer for Oakland Athletics, was fired by NBC Sports California for using a racial slur. The network released a statement on Monday, “Following an internal review, the decision has been made for NBC Sports California to end its relationship with Glen Kuiper, effective immediately.
“We thank Glen for his dedication to Bay Area baseball over the years,” the network concluded. The 60-year-old broadcaster hasn’t been on air since May 5, when he used the “N” word before a game between A’s and Royals.
Bob Kendrick, who is the president of Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, also condemned his use of the ‘N-word during a broadcast, stating that the “word is painful and has no place in our society.” But again, he also decided to forgive Glen for slipping a racial slur on the air and asked everyone to do the same.
Kuiper’s suspension came in the same week when P.K. Subban faced backlash for making an on-air Lizzo joke when the Florida Panthers defeated Toronto Maple Leafs. He said, “Maple Leafs need to pack a Lizzo-sized lunch, body-shaming the singer.
What Exactly Did Glen Kuiper Say?
While discussing his visit to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City during the pregame segment, Glen Kuiper (60) said, “We had a phenomenal day today at (N-word) museum and Arthur Bryant’s Barbecue.”
His statement amassed massive backlash, but Kuiper apologized later in the game, but not of course, not until the sixth innings. He said, “didn’t come out quite the way I wanted it to.” He was previously suspended for the use of a racial slur in an apparent slip-off.
The Oakland A’s Communication tweeted that the language used by Kuiper was unacceptable. The news of his firing comes after it was mentioned that the network was “working to address the situation.” Kuiper has remained A’s primary local-television broadcaster for the past 17 seasons.
The language used by Glen Kuiper during today’s pregame broadcast is unacceptable,” the A’s released a statement after the incident “The Oakland Athletics do not condone such language. We are working to address the situation.”
After getting suspended, he stated, “I could not be more sorry and horrified by what I said. I hope you will accept my sincerest apologies.” But NBC Sports California, which has a strict policy against such behavior, fired their longtime announcer.
Kuiper is the youngest brother of former MLB player and Giants announcer, Duane Kuiper. He attended the University of New Orleans, and later spent two years as an infielder, playing minor league baseball with Spokane Indiana, and Erie Cardinals. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting.