A’s television play-by-play broadcaster Glen Kuiper was fired on Monday, after he appeared to inadvertently use a racial epithet during a game while discussing his visit to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.
Kuiper apologized during the game and afterwards, in a statement through NBC Sports California, which read:
“I could not be more sorry and horrified by what I said. I hope you will accept my sincerest apologies.”
He had been suspended since the incident and the network decided Monday to end its relationship “effective immediately,” per the Chronicle.
On Tuesday, his brother, longtime Giants play-by-play man Duane Kuiper, commented on the incident.
“Well I mean, look, it’s a tough period right now for Glen and for all of us, the whole family,” Kuip told Murph & Mac on KNBR. “If I want to salvage any kind of relationship for some of the people I work with and for, it would probably be a good idea if I kept my mouth shut.
“And I’m not talking about the Giants, who I’m thankful for every day. This is a special organization, and I’m thankful that I’ve been a part of it since 1982.
“It’s just a tough time right now, and we’ll get through it.”
In addition to working for the Giants, Kuiper is also employed by NBC Sports Bay Area, who broadcast both Giants games locally.