NBC Sports fires Oakland A’s announcer who let N-word slip during game broadcast

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

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.

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!”


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