SACRAMENTO, CA – After forcing longtime announcer Grant Napear to resign for tweeting “All lives matter,” the Sacramento Kings have announced that Napear’s replacement will be an announcer with a Twitter feed filled with hateful, race-baiting, anti-police sentiments.
In June 2020, Napear, who had been with the Kings since 1988, tweeted a response to a question about Black Lives Matter from former Sacramento star DeMarcus Cousins.
ESPN reported Napear tweeted:
“Hey!!!! How are you? …. ALL LIVES MATTER…EVERY SINGLE ONE!!! (sic)”
Napear was then pegged as a “racist” for the tweet.
— New York Post (@nypost) June 4, 2020
Napear apologized on Twitter and unsuccessfully sought to explain that racism was not his intent, telling ESPN:
“I had no idea that when I said, ‘All Lives Matter’ that it was counter to what BLM was trying to get across.”
Despite his efforts to smooth things over, Napear had to resign from ESPN. He was also fired from Sports 1140 KHTK, where he had hosted a radio show with former Kings player Doug Christie.
If you question how broken the sports media is, Mark Jones being hired and Grant Napear being fired by the Sacramento Kings perfectly epitomizes our upside down reality. https://t.co/ZgeF7OSUsc
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) November 16, 2020
He is now being replaced by Mark Jones. Jones has been a sports announcer for various media outlets since he began working for The Sports Network in Toronto, Canada in 1986. Most recently, he has been working as a commentator for ESPN’s NBA and college football coverage, and he will continue to do so while also announcing for the Kings.
The NBA celebrated his collaboration with the Kings in their press release, sharing glowing quotes about “exceptional NBA broadcasting talent,” “tremendous wealth of experience,” and “expert Kings coverage.”
What the league did not share, however, was Jones’ Twitter history.
Outkick, a popular sports news site, has found that Jones has routinely referred to America as “Amerikkka” in his tweets.
"Everytime @MarkJonesESPN has referred to America in the past couple of months, he has spelled 'America' with three k's, as in the KKK. This dude is an imbecile, alright?" –@ClayTravis pic.twitter.com/xQslEDC5fn
— OutKick (@Outkick) September 25, 2020
Sporting a logo of a raised “black power” fist captioned with “Black Lives Matter,” the @MarkJonesESPN Twitter account also recently celebrated the birthday of Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther Party.
— MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN) October 26, 2020
In addition, in an apparent effort to paint white people as racist, Jones posted the following quote attributed to former (Democrat) President Lyndon B. Johnson:
“If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket.
“Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.”
"If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you."
-Lyndon B Johnson
— MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN) September 24, 2020
Furthermore, Jones retweeted that President Donald Trump is a “white supremacist terrorist.”
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 24, 2020
Evidently not satisfied with throwing jabs at the President, Jones also reportedly liked two tweets mocking Trump supporter and Jets defensive end Nick Bosa, who suffered a season-ending torn ACL.
It got worse.@MarkJonesESPN also liked a tweet mocking Nick Bosa because he can't stand for the national anthem with a torn ACL.
— Bobby Burack (@burackbobby_) September 24, 2020
Jones has not been shy about his disdain, if not outright hatred, for those in law enforcement.
In September, he tweeted that police were likely to kill him for being black saying:
“Saturday at my football game, I’ll tell the police officer on duty to ‘protect’ me he can just take the day off.
“I’d rather not have the officer shoot me because he feared for his life because of my black skin or some other dumb ish (sic).
“I’m not signing my own death certificate.”
Saturday at my football game I’ll tell the police officer on duty to “protect” me he can just take the day off. Fr.
I’d rather not have the officer shoot me because he feared for his life because of my black skin or other dumb ish.
I’m not signing my own death certificate💯
— MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN) September 24, 2020
Jones doubled down in another tweet, claiming:
“Police never saved me. Never helped me. Never protected me. Never taken a bullet for me (They’ve pulled guns on me).
“Never kept me safe in a protest. Never stopped the racist from taking the Black Lives Matter flag off my house.
“I could do without em (sic).”
He ended the tweet with #BreonnaTaylor. and #Defund12.
Police never saved me.Never helped me.Never protected me.Never taken a bullet for me. (They’ve pulled guns on me)
Never kept me safe in a protest. Never stopped the racist from taking my Black Lives Matter flag off my house.
I could do without em. fr. #BreonnaTaylor. #Defund12
— MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN) September 23, 2020
Jones has apparently appreciated the police in the past for at least one thing- escorting him through traffic.
Back in October 2011, Jones tweeted:
“I’m not going to lie. I love our police escorts to the stadium. Saves us a good 40 min to 1 hour of not waiting in traffic.”
I'm not going to lie. I love our police escorts to the stadium. Saves us a good 40 min to 1 hour of not waiting in traffic.
— MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN) October 8, 2011
We’re glad police can at least do something right in your eyes, Sport.
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Police-bashing NBA to take politics off the court after record low ratings: ‘Somewhat of a return to normality’
October 9, 2020 – After suffering a huge loss of fans and viewership the NBA is leaning towards taking politics off of the court. In an interview with NBA Countdown Adam Silver claimed that next season the league would likely see a return to “normality.”
During the interview on Sunday Silver claimed that the drastic steps taken by teams to highlight the Black Lives Matter movement will be largely eradicated next season.
“There will be somewhat of a return to normality.”
The commissioner followed this by stating:
“Those messages will largely be left to be delivered off the floor.”
This is a stark difference from the NBA’s previous attitude toward the social justice movement. In an attempt to appear woke the basketball league added the Black Lives Matter logo to the floors of the courts announced that players could choose to sport social justice phrases in lieu of their last name.
The Undefeated lists the possible phrases players could use:
“The messages agreed upon by the National Basketball Players Association and the NBA are: Black Lives Matter, Say Their Names, Vote, I Can’t Breathe, Justice, Peace, Equality, Freedom, Enough, Power to the People, Justice Now, Say Her Name, Sí Se Puede (Yes We Can), Liberation, See Us, Hear Us, Respect Us, Love Us, Listen, Listen to Us, Stand Up, Ally, Anti-Racist, I Am A Man, Speak Up, How Many More, Group Economics, Education Reform and Mentor.”
Most players took advantage of this option with 300 of the league’s 350 players choosing to use one of the slogans.
However, the social justice push didn’t end there. Throughout the season players and teams have become increasingly political on social media. Take for example the Lakers, a NBA team hailing from Los Angeles, that posted a picture of an altered MAGA hat that reads “Make America Arrest the Cops Who Killed Breonna Taylor.
Justice for Breonna Taylor pic.twitter.com/vkDYRc0Eb1
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) August 18, 2020
One of the most popular NBA players, LeBron James, took to Twitter to claim that black men are “targeted” by police:
“And y’all wonder why we say what we say about the Police!! Someone please tell me WTF is this???!!! Exactly another black man being targeted. This shit is so wrong and so sad!! Feel so sorry for him, his family and OUR PEOPLE!! We want JUSTICE”
And y’all wonder why we say what we say about the Police!! Someone please tell me WTF is this???!!! Exactly another black man being targeted. This shit is so wrong and so sad!! Feel so sorry for him, his family and OUR PEOPLE!! We want JUSTICE https://t.co/cJxOj1EZ3H
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 24, 2020
Shoot hoops… Not people. pic.twitter.com/FvjlUev1C1
— NBA on Campus (@nbaoncampus) October 8, 2020
The political commentary provided by the athletes and their teams has become the new normal. Unfortunately, NBA fans are not as excited by the changes. This season has brought record low ratings for the league with Silver hinting that the NBA’s social justice stance could be at fault.
According to the New York Post, this year’s NBA finals have repeatedly broken records for the low viewership. Game 3 had the worst rating with only 5.94 million viewers. While this number might seem high the finals have seen an overall 68% drop in viewership this year.
The NBA’s return to basketball over politics is much needed, but the damage to fan relations might already be permanent.
Watch Silver’s full interview here:
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