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Grant Napear Not Bitter But Not Sorry About All Lives Matter Fallout

“Whether others think he intentionally said something hurtful or offensive to anyone, Napear is steadfast in his belief that he has nothing to apologize for.”

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Former Sacramento Kings play-by-play man and KHTK afternoon host Grant Napear isn’t apologizing. He spoke to FOX 40 in Sacramento about the tweet that led to his exit from both companies and said that he stands by it.

DeMarcus Cousins, a former Sacramento Kings big, tweeted at Napear asking his take on the Black Lives Matter movement.

“ALL LIVES MATTER…EVERY SINGLE ONE,” Napear responded in all caps.

“All Lives Matter” is a phrase commonly used to dismiss the ideas behind Black Lives Matter. Napear says that was not his intent though and he is not going to apologize for a meaning someone else assigned to the phrase.

“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 said during the interview. “I’m for equality for all, that’s how I was raised. That’s how my dad brought up my brother and I.”

Napear, who was a mainstay in the Sacramento media since 1987, was immediately put on leave by KHTK and was later let go. He resigned from the Kings immediately after.

He has temporarily relocated to Miami with his wife. He says he is focused on his new podcast If You Don’t Like That. He says he hasn’t thought about his next move yet.

“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.” 

While he didn’t explicitly say another broadcasting job is his ultimate goal, Grant Napear did say that he would be happy to be back calling games in any sport. He says it is what he believes he does best.

Napear also says that he doesn’t view Cousins with any ill-will nor does he blame Cousins for him being out of a job. While the two did have their differences long before this incident, Napear swears that he doesn’t “have anything against DeMarcus” and notes that the big man “has a pretty good heart.”

That doesn’t mean Napear has reconsidered his position. Whether others think he intentionally said something hurtful or offensive to anyone, Napear is steadfast in his belief that he has nothing to apologize for.

“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.”

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Cumulus Announces 790 The Score in Rhode Island is Officially On The Air

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

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After reporting last week that Kevin McNamara would be the station’s only local host in the programming lineup, 790 The Score in Providence, Rhode Island is officially on the air.

The station, which was last on the air in the market in 2008, has been revived and will serve as the market’s first sports and sports betting station.

“The station features a lineup of expert personalities that deliver unique sports talk and sports betting insights that entertain, inform, and engage,” said Holly Paras, VP and market manager of Cumulus Providence. “We think Providence sports and sports betting fans will love 790 THE SCORE!”

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch some of the top national talent on the airwaves throughout the day and night. This includes hosts like Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

McNamara will host his show Kevin Mac Sports Hour daily from 5-7 p.m.

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Paul Finebaum Will Make $700K Advance Ahead of Nick Saban-Jimbo Fisher Book

Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

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Though there’s still some time before a finished products reaches bookshelves, but ESPN’s Paul Finebaum is reportedly set to get a nice six-figure advance by Penguin Press.

According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

Back in the spring things came to a head between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, as the two engaged in a verbal spat in separate press conferences over name, image and likeness.

Saban said Fisher and his staff utilized NIL and “bought every player” in the Aggies’ spring 2022 recruiting class.

Things got so heated and drew so many headlines that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey had to step in and try to get the former colleagues to cool it.

Finebaum is teaming up with Alabama beat reporter John Talty to write the book.

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Sports Gambling Podcast Network To Stage 24-Hour Fantasy Football Draft

“The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed Draft Day 2.0.”

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If you’re serious about Fantasy Football, the Sports Gambling Podcast Network is bringing back a tradition you’ll want to pay attention to. 

For the second year in a row, Ryan Kramer will draft 24 different teams over the course of a 24 hour marathon that will be streamed across multiple video platforms. 

“Fortunately, the analytics research is done so I can focus now on news coming out of the camps to sharpen my views and deliver the well-reasoned selections that people need to get an edge in their drafting,” Kramer said in a press release. “It’s a bit of an audacious undertaking, but the growing phenomenon of Fantasy Football deserves this level of commitment and our SGPN audiences always respond.” 

The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed “Draft Day 2.0”. All of the content will originate from the Sports Gambling Podcast Network’s studios in Los Angeles. 

The marathon will also be a fundraiser. The network is using GoFundMe to raise funds for a colleague named Darryl injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this year. A portion of proceeds generated from the sale of Sports Gambling Podcast Network branded apperal will also go to the effort. 

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