Oakland Athletics broadcaster Glen Kuiper was reportedly suspended for using the N-word during a live broadcast Friday night.
Kuiper will remain off the air until a review of the incident is complete, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Kuiper was discussing a trip to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City before Friday night’s game at Kauffman Stadium against the Royals.
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However, instead of «Black», he used the N-word.
Later in the game, Kuiper addressed the incident without going into much detail.
«Welcome back to Kauffmann Stadium. I just wanted to…a little bit earlier in the show, I said something, it didn’t go my way,” Kuiper said. “And I just wanted to apologize if it sounded different than what I wanted to say. let it be said And, like I said, I just wanted to apologize for that.»
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Despite the insult, NLBM president Bob Kendrick said he will try to forgive the veteran play-by-play announcer.
«I am aware of the unfortunate insult made by Glen Kuiper. I welcomed Glen to the NLBM yesterday and I know he was really excited to be here,» Kendrick. wrote on Twitter Saturday. «The word is painful and has no place in our society. And while I don’t claim to know Glen’s heart, I do know my heart is one of forgiveness. I hope you all find it in yourselves to do the same!»
The A’s issued a statement of condemnation Kuiper’s language.
«The language used by Glen Kuiper during today’s pregame broadcast is unacceptable,» the A’s posted on Twitter. «The Oakland Athletics do not condone such language. We are working to address the situation.»
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Kuiper is in his 20th season calling games for the A’s and has been covering baseball in the Bay Area since 1992, according to ESPN.