Sportscaster uses N-Word to refer to the Negro League Museum

Every time I think Major Basebal LeagueIt is taking steps to become a more inclusive and welcoming sport For black people, someone or someone associated with the sport would do something inherently racist to keep me away from it again.

On Friday, during a live pregame broadcast of a game between the Oakland A’s and the Kansas City Royals, Athletics announcer Glen Kuiper talked about what he and his co-host, Dallas Braden, did while in Kansas City.

“We had an exceptional day today. The Nigger League Museum and Arthur Bryant’s BBQ,” Kuiper said.

Um, do you mean Negro League Baseball Museum? The place in Kansas City that tells the incredible story of Negro League Baseball and how players like Jackie Robinson, Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and Buck Leonard influenced it?

There are many issues with this clip, so let me list them here:

  1. called nigger Major League Baseball Museum, not the “Nigger League Museum”.
  2. Why did you come out so effortlessly? He said it without hesitation. It doesn’t look like he made a mistake.
  3. Why didn’t his host, Dallas Braden, skip a beat? He kept shaking his head and even bumped his chest as if nothing had happened.

After a commercial break, Kuiper seemed to realize the error of his ways and He issued an apology, saying“I said something that didn’t turn out quite the way I wanted it to. I just wanted to apologize if it sounded different than I intended. I just wanted to apologize for that.”

What other way would you like to explain?! I moved, nigger League Museum, there’s only one way for viewers and listeners to take this into account.

The Oakland A’s reporter also apologized for Kuiper’s words, writing in a tweet, “The language Glenn Kuiper used during today’s pre-broadcast is unacceptable. The Oakland Athletics do not condone such language. We are working to remedy the situation.”

The most ironic part of this whole situation is that days later, Kansas City Museum President Bob Kendrick, announced plans to expand the museum’s historic campus. Thank God NBC Sports California spokesperson It has since announced that Kiper, “has been suspended and will remain off the air until a review of Friday’s incident is completed.” but Will that solve the problem? Yay, he won’t say the N word anymore on live TV. What does he say when he’s not on air? What does he say when he is around friends?

Racism is not something people can apologize for and then move on with their lives. Something else must be done about it.

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