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.”
WCCO Brings Back The Sports Huddle
“The Minnesota sports-focused show returns after previously being hosted by the late Sid Hartman and Dave Mona for over 40 years.”
Audacy announced it is bringing The Sports Huddle back to 830 WCCO in Minneapolis, MN. The show returns on Sunday, Oct. 10, and is airing from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m CT on WCCO with hosts Mike Max and Pete Najarian.
The Minnesota sports-focused show returns after previously being hosted by the late Sid Hartman and Dave Mona for over 40 years. The new crew is bringing their flair to the Minnesota sports scene with big-name interviews and listener interaction.
“We’ve been discussing for a while a show that ‘reboots’ the heritage and equity of the old Sports Huddle while exhibiting a new energy and more expansive template for Pete and Mike to talk about all the various topics they’re passionate about,” said Brad Lane, Brand Manager, 830 WCCO. “We’re confident this new edition will help take this legacy brand to the next level while offering a unique and fresh outlook on the most relevant topics each week.”
Max has been with the station since 1998 and currently hosts his weeknight show Sports to the Max. He also contributes to The WCCO Morning News and started his career as an intern at WCCO-TV.
“Pete and I can’t wait to continue bringing what we grew up with to our audience,” said Max. “Sundays on WCCO have always meant entertaining and exclusive content.”
His athletic co-host, Najarian, played football at the University of Minnesota and was inducted into the program’s Hall of Fame in 1992. Najarian ended his career as Minnesota’s second-leading tackler and parlayed that on-field success into an off-field financial career.
“This show will offer listeners a fresh look at sports with straightforward comments and takes,” said Najarian. “We may even mix in some financials when it’s appropriate.”
A new era for The Sports Huddle begins in about two weeks.
FanDuel: Craig Carton Partnership Adds Humanity To Addiction
”We want to grow this industry in a healthy way for the long term.”
Fanduel recently announced that it is partnering with Craig Carton to be their first ever ”responsible gaming ambassador” for the company.
Over the weekend, Carton had the Chief Marketing Officer of Fanduel Mike Raffensperger on his gambling addiction show, Hello My Name is Craig, to speak on their mission with the partnership as well as why it was the perfect partnership for both sides.
”What I have tried to explain to people is that there was a lengthy vetting period on both sides.” said Craig Carton about the partnership. ”Fanduel wanted to know who Craig Carton is, is he full of crap about his struggle with gambling, and ultimately what’s in it for Fanduel.” said Carton.
Raffensperger added that Fanduel wants to keep their consumers safe while using their product.
”We want to grow this industry in a healthy way for the long term,” he said. ”We understand that some people who use our product are going to have trouble using it responsibly, and it can really affect their lives.”
As to why Carton is the right guy for the role in the partnership, Raffensperger added ”I think what we recognize we needed is to add some humanity as to how we get this message across.”
Craig Carton notably has a long past with gambling. He ultimately served just over a year of his 3 year prison sentence for his role in a Ponzi scheme that saw him defrauding investors to pay back his gambling debts.
Craig Carton Making Responsible Gambling Content For FanDuel
“He will help shape the company’s responsible gaming policy, play a role in FanDuel building AI that can spot problematic gambling patterns, and host events in which he will help younger bettors understand what an addiction looks like.”
FanDuel announced yesterday that it has hired its first ever “responsible gaming ambassador”. WFAN’s Craig Carton has agreed to take on the role. He has been open about his gambling addiction and advocated for those that believe they have a problem to seek help on air since returning to New York radio last year.
The content he creates for FanDuel will have a very specific focus. A press release says Carton will promote messages of “advocacy, prevention awareness and content development focused on the importance of wagering within limits”.
Craig Carton was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in a ponzi scheme to defraud investors of money they were told was being invested in tickets for resale. In reality, Carton was using the money to repay some of his gambling debts.
“My story and personal history with gambling has been well documented,” said Carton. “More than ever, I want to use my experience and platform to shine a meaningful spotlight on the issue of problem gambling. It was important to me that I find a real partnership with a company that shared my passion for this issue. It became clear FanDuel shared the same goals and was comfortable working transparently with me for the sole purpose of protecting people.”
FanDuel is planning to utilize Carton in a number of ways. He will help shape the company’s responsible gaming policy, play a role in FanDuel building AI that can spot problematic gambling patterns, and host events in which he will help younger bettors understand what an addiction looks like.
He will also create audio and video for FanDuel’s Play Safe Campaign. FanDuel will help Carton’s WFAN program “Hello, My Name is Craig” find a bigger audience. The show airs on weekends and features Carton discussing his addiction and offering advice to others seeking help.
“We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Craig to place even more emphasis on responsible gaming behaviors,” said Mike Raffensperger, FanDuel Group’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Everyone at FanDuel understands the importance of protecting our customers who are also our family, friends, neighbors and community members. Craig’s powerful personal story will help fuel our mission of making sure no bet placed results in hurting a loved one.”
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