Could 6, 2023, 08:21 PM ET
Oakland Athletics broadcaster Glen Kuiper has been suspended after uttering a racial slur whereas describing a visit to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
NBC Sports activities California mentioned in a press release Saturday that Kuiper will stay off the air till a evaluate of what occurred throughout Friday night time’s broadcast is accomplished.
In a pregame section on NBC Sports activities California earlier than the A’s performed the Kansas City Royals on Friday night time, Kuiper talked a couple of journey to the museum with colleague Dallas Braden however seemingly mispronounced the phrase “negro,” making it sound as a substitute like a slur.
Later within the recreation, Kuiper apologized on the air with out entering into specifics, saying he mentioned one thing that “did not come out fairly the way in which I wished it to.”
“I couldn’t be extra sorry and horrified by what I mentioned,” Kuiper mentioned Saturday in a press release launched by NBC Sports activities California. “I hope you’ll settle for my sincerest apologies.”
Bob Kendrick, the president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, issued a press release about Kuiper on Twitter on Saturday.
“I am conscious of the unlucky slur made by Glen Kuiper,” Kendrick mentioned. “I welcomed Glen to the NLBM yesterday and know he was genuinely excited to be right here. The phrase is painful and has no place in our society. And whereas I do not faux to know Glen’s coronary heart I do know that my coronary heart is one in every of forgiveness. I hope all of you will see it in yourselves to do the identical!”
The A’s later issued a press release Friday night time, calling the language utilized by Kuiper “unacceptable.”
Kuiper has been calling A’s video games within the Bay Space for about 20 years. He’s the youthful brother of former main leaguer and Giants announcer Duane Kuiper.
Radio announcers Johnny Doskow and Vince Cotroneo will rotate as play-by-play announcers throughout Kuiper’s absence.