NBC Sports California has fired Oakland A’s announcer Glen Kuiper for using the N-word during a broadcast earlier this month.
A veteran play-by-play broadcaster, Kuiper was talking about a trip to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum during a pregame segment of an A’s game on May 5 when he inadvertently used the N-word instead of “Negro.”
“Following an internal review, the decision has been made for NBC Sports California to end its relationship with Glen Kuiper, effective immediately,” NBC Sports California told the Associated Press in a statement. “We thank Glen for his dedication to Bay Area baseball over the years.”
Here’s a clip of the unfortunate moment that ended his career:
Caution: Graphic Language
For those asking why Glen Kuiper just made an on-air apology, here’s why. pic.twitter.com/k1we7gf3GT
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) May 6, 2023
Once the May 5th game was underway, Kuiper would address the issue on-air, offering an apology — NBC would suspend him following the game.
“A little bit earlier in the show, I said something, didn’t come out quite the way I wanted it to and I just wanted to apologize if it sounded different than I meant it to be said. I just wanted to apologize for that,” he said in the sixth inning.
Broadcaster Glen Kuiper opened the top of the sixth with an apology for something that he said earlier in the broadcast. No idea what that might have been. #Athletics #RootedInOakland pic.twitter.com/EnAkn7oSaR
— Uprooted (@uprootedoakland) May 6, 2023
The A’s organization said in a statement at the time: “The language used by Glen Kuiper during today’s pregame broadcast is unacceptable. The Oakland Athletics do not condone such language. We are working to address the situation.”
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President Bob Kendrick, who had greeted Kuiper and his broadcasting partner at the museum, did not condone the use of the slur but asked people to forgive the broadcaster.
“I’m aware of the unfortunate slur made by Glen Kuiper,” Kendrick said in a statement. “I welcomed Glen to the NLBM yesterday and know he was genuinely excited to be here. The word is painful and has no place in our society. And while I don’t pretend to know Glen’s heart I do know that my heart is one of forgiveness. I hope all of you will find it in yourselves to do the same!”
My Official Statement on the Glen Kuiper incident is below. pic.twitter.com/txAmPH9ulI
— Bob Kendrick (@nlbmprez) May 6, 2023
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