By Josh DuBow
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Athletics anchor Glenn Kuiper has been fired from NBC Sports California for making racial slurs while describing a trip to the Negro League Baseball Museum during a telecast. rice field.
Kuiper was suspended by the station earlier this month after being harassed during the pregame corner of the Athletics-Kansas City Royals game on May 5. Kuiper was talking with his colleague Dallas Braden about a trip to the museum, and apparently he misspelled the word “black.” He will say, and sound like a slander.
“Following an internal review, it has been determined that NBC Sports California will terminate its relationship with Glenn Kuiper with immediate effect,” the station said in a statement Monday. “We thank Glenn for his contributions to Bay Area baseball over the years.”
“This decision was based on a number of factors, including information uncovered during an internal investigation,” said a person familiar with the investigation. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the network does not publish its findings, did not provide specific details.
Kuiper apologized during the second half of the match on air without elaborating, saying that “it didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to.” He later released a statement through the network after being suspended, saying: “I am even more sorry and horrified by what I said. Please accept his sincere apology.”
Kuiper has called A’s games in the Bay Area for the past 20 years. He is the younger brother of former major leaguer and Giants announcer Duane Kuiper.
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