Glen Kuiper, the play-by-play announcer for the Oakland Athletics, issued an apology after using a racial slur during a live broadcast during the pregame show for the A's road game against the Kansas City Royals Friday (May 5) night.
Kuiper was discussing his time in Kansas City earlier in the day, which included visiting the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, though instead using the N-word while attempting to say the museum's name.
"A little earlier in the show, I said something, didn’t come out quite the way I wanted it to. I just wanted to apologize if it sounded different than I meant it to be said. … I just wanted to apologize for that,” Kuiper said when the broadcast returned from commercial break in the top of the sixth inning.
TMZ Sports shared a censored version of the incident, which can be seen below.
The A's referred to Kuiper's language as "unacceptable" in a statement issued to CNN.
“The language used by Glen Kuiper during (Friday’s) pregame broadcast is unacceptable,” the team said. “The Oakland Athletics do not condone such language. We are working to address the situation.”
Kuiper is in his 20th season as the voice of the Athletics' television broadcasts, having covered baseball in the Bay Area for NBC Sports California since 1992, according to his biography on the team's media guide. Oakland defeated Kansas City, 12-8, in Friday night's game.
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