Glen Kuiper releases statement after being removed from A’s broadcast team

May 23, 2023, 1:30 PM | Updated: May 26, 2023, 11:24 am

Broadcaster Glen Kuiper Jr. of the Oakland A's works from the pressbox during a game....

Broadcaster Glen Kuiper Jr. of the Oakland Athletics works from the pressbox during the game against the Chicago White Sox at Hohokam Stadium on March 8, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)

(Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)

On Monday, NBC Sports California parted ways with longtime Oakland A’s broadcaster Glen Kuiper after he used a racial slur during a broadcaster earlier in the year.

During a pregame segment prior to the Kansas City Royals matchup on May 5, Kuiper spoke about a trip to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. However, instead of saying Negro, Kuiper appeared to use a racial slur instead. He apologized later in the game and again the next day, but was suspended by NBC Sports.

Following his release, Glen Kuiper, who’s been with the A’s broadcasting team since 2004, released a statement, saying he “rushed through the word negro” which resulted in his mispronunciation.

“I wish the Oakland A’s and NBC Sports would have taken into consideration my 20-year career, my solid reputation, integrity and character, but in this current environment traits like integrity and character are no longer considered. I will always have a hard time understanding how one mistake in a 20-year broadcasting career is cause for termination, but I know something better is in my future,” Kuiper said in his statement.

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