Oakland A's Broadcaster Glen Kuiper Fired By NBC Sports For Racial Slur During Game

Photo: Instagram/Glen Kuiper

NBC Sports California has terminated the contract of Oakland Athletics announcer Glen Kuiper after he used a racial slur during a telecast while discussing a visit to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

Kuiper had previously been suspended by the network following the incident, which occurred during a pregame segment of an A's game against the Kansas City Royals on May 5.

In the segment, he mistakenly mispronounced the word 'negro,' inadvertently using a slur instead. The network released a statement on Monday, announcing their decision to sever ties with Kuiper, expressing gratitude for his years of service to Bay Area baseball.

Photo: Instagram/Glen Kuiper, together with former Gold Glove third baseman Eric Chavez.

According to an anonymous source familiar with the investigation, the decision to terminate Kuiper's contract was based on various factors, including information uncovered during an internal review. The specific details of the investigation were not disclosed publicly. 

Kuiper publicly apologized for his inappropriate remark during the same game, although he did not provide specific details regarding the incident. In a statement issued through the network after his suspension, he expressed deep remorse and offered sincere apologies for his actions.

Kuiper has been a fixture in Bay Area baseball broadcasting for the past two decades, and his dismissal marks the end of an era. This incident recalls a similar situation involving Cincinnati Reds announcer Thom Brennaman, who resigned three years ago after uttering an anti-gay slur during a game.

Brennaman unknowingly made the offensive remark while the broadcast returned from a commercial break. He later expressed regret for his words. In the case of Kuiper, his dismissal from the broadcast booth occurred during the second game following his suspension.

The 57-year-old announcer, younger brother of former major leaguer and Giants announcer Duane Kuiper, has spent a significant portion of his career calling A's games and has been a recognizable voice in Bay Area sports.

The network's decision to part ways with Kuiper underscores the importance of maintaining professionalism and avoiding offensive language in sports broadcasting.

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Source: Daily Mail

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