Oakland Athletics Announcer Fired Over Racial On-Air Oopsie
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Oakland Athletics Announcer Fired Over Racial On-Air Oopsie

An unfortunate slip-up leads to the dismissal of a 20-year play-by-play veteran

NBC Sports California has fired Oakland Athletics play-by-play announcer Glen Kuiper a few weeks after he was suspended for an on-air slur. During a pre-game segment that took place before a Kansas City Royals game on May 5, Kuiper was talking about a visit to the city's Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

In talking about visiting, Kuiper appeared to mispronounce the name, subbing in the actual n-word for "negro." The incident triggered an internal review, which apparently takes more than two weeks to conduct. The result of the review was the firing. After the word was used, later in the broadcast, Kuiper mentioned what happened, the Washington Post reports. He told viewers, "I said something [that] didn’t come out quite the way I wanted it to. And I just wanted to apologize if it sounded different than I meant it to be said.”

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The 60-year-old announcer was in his 20th year of doing play-by-play. After the suspension, he said in a statement, “I could not be more sorry and horrified by what I said. I hope you will accept my sincerest apologies.”

YouTube users did what they do and offered a five-second, super-cropped version of the on-air utterance. What it lacks in context it makes up for in to-the-point brevity: