The Oakland A’s have fired longtime broadcaster Glenn Kuiper after he used a racial slur earlier this month, NBC Sports California, the MLB team’s official broadcaster, announced Monday.
“Following an internal review, the decision has been made for NBC Sports California to end its relationship with Glenn Kuiper, effective immediately,” read a statement from NBC Sports California to CBS News.
“We thank Glenn for his dedication to Bay Area baseball over the years,” the statement concluded.
The incident occurred on May 6 during a pre-game broadcast in an away game at Missouri, during which Kuyper said, “We had a great day today. (expletive) League Museum. And Arthur Bryant’s barbecue,” instead of the “Negro League Museum” is a Kansas City institution. Dedicated to preserving the history of Negro League Baseball.
The language Glenn Kuiper used during today’s pregame broadcast was unacceptable. The Oakland Athletics do not condone such language. We are working on the situation.
— Oakland A’s Communications (@AthleticsPR) May 6, 2023
“The language Glenn Kuiper used during today’s pregame broadcast was unacceptable. The Oakland Athletics do not condone such language,” the Oakland A’s wrote on Twitter to condemn Kuiper’s comments.
Kuiper issued an apology after the game, saying, “A little bit earlier in the show, I said something, it didn’t come out the way I wanted it to.”
“I just wanted to apologize if it sounded different than what I said,” he added. He was suspended immediately thereafter.
Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, issued a statement on Twitter, writing that he was “aware of the unfortunate slur” after a trip to the museum that Kuyper was “genuinely excited” to attend.
“The word is hurtful and has no place in our society,” Kendrick wrote, adding, “And while I don’t pretend to know Glenn’s heart I do know that mine is one of forgiveness.”
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