A’s announcer Glen Kuiper frustrated he was fired for ‘one mistake’ after on-air racial slur

Following Kuiper’s dismissal as the A’s play-by-play broadcaster by NBC Sports California on Monday, he issued a statement to KRON4. This action was taken due to his use of the N-word during a television segment where he was describing a visit to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

Although an apology is included, the overall tone of the statement is defensive, which is unlikely to be advantageous for the broadcaster.

Kuiper wrote that he mistakenly used a derogatory term on live television during the pregame show on May 5. Consequently, his contract with the Oakland Athletics was immediately terminated by an NBC executive on Monday morning, marking the end of his 20-year broadcasting career.

On that day, I chose to spend nearly three hours going to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in an effort to better understand and deeply appreciate the social barriers and difficulties African American players endured in MLB’s early years. By educating myself more about MLB’s history, I hope to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation.

Glen Kuiper released a statement after being fired by the A
Glen Kuiper released a statement after being fired by the A’s.

I take full responsibility for the mispronunciation, and I sincerely apologize to everyone who was hurt by it. It was a terrible mistake, and I am truly sorry. Unfortunately, in my excitement, I rushed through and used the word ‘negro’ unintentionally, which resulted in a very unfortunate mispronunciation. I was eager and excited to share what I had seen and done that day, so when the subject of visiting the museum came up before the pregame show, I eagerly came up to visit.

I am someone who knows the best about myself, and I would never utter a disparaging word about my father and husband. I am respectful, honorable, kind, caring, and honest. I greatly appreciate the support of Dave Stewart’s Oakland A’s and Bob Kendrick, the president of the Negro League Museum. Racism has never been a part of me, and I will never know it. Please understand that there is no place for racism in my life.

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I will always have a hard time understanding how one mistake in a 20-year broadcasting career can be the cause for termination, but I know something better awaits me in the future. In this current environment, traits like character and integrity are no longer considered important, but I believe that these traits are crucial for success.

Glen Kuiper said he made "one mistake" in lengthy statement.
Glen Kuiper said he made “one mistake” in a lengthy statement.
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Thank you to all my friends, family, and fans who have shown their great support. I hope that I will be remembered for that. I love being a broadcaster and I love the game of baseball, which is loved by the Bay Area community.

Kuiper was suspended by NBC after defending statement a by Kendrick, though the Kansas City broadcaster, over the 12-8 win of the A’s in the broadcast on May 5.

Caution: Explicit language.

Kendrick stated, “Glen Kuiper uttered an unfortunate derogatory remark, of which I am conscious.” “In the past day, I extended a warm welcome to Glen at the NLBM and am aware that he was truly enthusiastic to be present. Our community does not tolerate such hurtful language. Although I cannot claim to understand Glen’s intentions, I can attest that I am willing to forgive. I encourage each and every one of you to find it within your own hearts to do the same.”

The Oakland Athletics released a statement at that time denouncing Kuiper’s selection of terms as “unacceptable” and demonstrating their dedication to resolving the circumstance.

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