DeMarcus Cousins is a true mastermind of the long game! Three years ago, Sacramento Kings broadcaster Grant Napear thought he had the last laugh when he took a victory lap following the team's decision to trade Boogie to the New Orleans Pelicans. The NBA gods work in mysterious ways, however, and it's now Cousins who's celebrating after a bizarre series of Twitter events that began Monday.
Cousins tweeted right at Napear, asking him what he thought about Black Lives Matter. And the trap was set.
Napear quickly and enthusiastically followed with that classic "well, actually" response that does nothing to address or even acknowledge that black people are disproportionately victims of violence and wanton mistreatment by police and the justice system. In truly short order, it was reported that Napear had been placed on leave.
"Lol as expected," indeed, Boogie. But that wasn't all -- on Tuesday, news broke that Napear had resigned from his position as Kings television broadcaster. TMZ notes that he was also fired from his radio hosting gig with local station KHTK.
This is surely the most incendiary assist of Cousins' NBA career.
"I’m not as educated on BLM as I thought I was, Napear told the Sacramento Bee. "I had no idea that when I said 'All Lives Matter' that it was counter to what BLM was trying to get across. I’m in pain. I’m 60 years old and I still have a lot to learn."
There will inevitably be a stern debate over whether this escalation was right to happen so quickly, but the big takeaway is that Napear knows he was wrong, and notably offered his own resignation from the TV booth. He didn't go kicking and screaming.
In the meantime, it's possible that Boogie is screaming with delight right about now.