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Glen Kuiper Out at NBC Sports California

A source with knowledge of the situation told Barrett Sports Media that the decision was based on a variety of factors, including information that was uncovered in the internal review.

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Following his use of a racial slur during the opening of an Oakland Athletics live game broadcast on NBC Sports California, Glen Kuiper has been terminated from his position as the team’s play-by-play announcer.

“Following an internal review, the decision has been made for NBC Sports California to end its relationship with Glen Kuiper, effective immediately,” a spokesperson from the regional sports network said in a statement. “We thank Glen for his dedication to Bay Area baseball over the years.”

Kuiper, 60, was describing a visit to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo. and used a derogatory term when describing the experience. He later apologized for his actions in the sixth inning of the game, and was promptly suspended by the team pending an internal investigation.

“A little bit earlier in the show, I said something, didn’t come out quite the way I wanted it to,” Kuiper said on the broadcast. “I just wanted to apologize if it sounded different than I meant it to be said. I just wanted to apologize for that.”

“The language used by Glen Kuiper during today’s pregame broadcast is unacceptable,” the Oakland Athletics organization said in a statement following the incident. “The Oakland Athletics do not condone such language. We are working to address the situation.”

A source with knowledge of the situation told Barrett Sports Media that the decision was based on a variety of factors, including information that was uncovered in the internal review. Ultimately, the decision was made to part ways with Kuiper after 19 years with the team. Both color commenator Dallas Braden and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President Bob Kendrick issued statements pertaining to the situation, with Kendrick asking people to find forgiveness in their hearts.

“I welcomed Glen to the NLBM yesterday and know he was genuinely excited to be here,” Kendrick said in a tweet. “The word is painful and has no place in our society. And while I don’t pretend to know Glen’s heart I do know that my heart is one of forgiveness. I hope all of you will find it in yourselves to do the same!”

In a recent guest appearance on KNBR’s Murph & Mac, Kuiper’s brother and San Francisco Giants television play-by-play announcer Duane Kuiper declined to go into depth about the situation.

“It’s really a delicate and stressful time for Glen,” Duane Kuiper said. “It trickles down to every member of your family. I just don’t think it would be appropriate for me to talk about it or discuss it at this time, but there will come a time when I’d be more than happy to talk about it.”

Glen Kuiper has appeared on television broadcasts for the Athletics since 2004, and was named the team’s play-by-play announcer in 2006. Over the years, he was on the call for a variety of memorable moments, including his partner Dallas Braden’s perfect game in 2010. Now, Braden will continue working with the team with play-by-play announcers Vince Controneo and Johnny Doskow as the team looks for his permanent replacement.

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Ryan Leaf: Jay Glazer ‘Is a Fraud When it Comes to Anything Mental Health or Wellness Related’

“Phelps is an inspiration but it gives me pause that he muddies his mind with that con man.”

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Leaf Photo Credit: Houston Chronicle Glazer Photo Courtesy: FOX Sports

Swimmer Michael Phelps was a guest on NBC’s Meet the Press this weekend and as he has done before, he talked candidly about the challenges he has had with his mental health and his bouts with depression. He spoke with Kristen Welker and talked about FOX Sports football insider Jay Glazer being his “mental health buddy.” This brought quite the response from former Chargers quarterback and current football analyst Ryan Leaf.

“Jay Glazer and I, we’re both mental health buddies,” Phelps said. “We both struggle, and when we’re both having our bad days, we go through similar ups and downs. And we do similar things when we’re down, if that makes sense. We both had this conversation the other day because when it happens to me, I reach out to him. When it happens to him, he reaches out to me. I have a couple of friendships like that where we’ve kind of been really able to form a bond.”

In response to a social media post about the interview, Leaf held nothing back as he posted his thoughts about Glazer.

“Glazer is a fraud when it comes to anything mental health or wellness related,” Leaf wrote. “He uses it for his benefit and really isn’t invested in any of it unless it benefits him and his brand. Phelps is an inspiration but it gives me pause that he muddies his mind with that con man.”

Leaf has been vocal as well about his struggles with depression, addiction and a suicide attempt. Leaf also spent 32 months in prison when he violated the terms of his probation by breaking into a home to steal prescription drugs.

Back in 2018, a story from the New York Post talked about Leaf and Glazer working together on Glazer’s ‘Merging Vets and Players’ (MVP) initiative.

Glazer, who was recently married and has been on his honeymoon, posted on his X account in response to Phelps’ interview, “Brother, I am so honored to walk this walk with you!!! We save each other my dude!”

Glazer has not yet commented on the post from Leaf. Should he respond, we will update this story.

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‘NFL Total Access’ Comes to an End After 21 Years on NFL Network

“Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network.”

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‘NFL Total Access’ has been a part of the NFL Network since 2003 and today it is set for its final episode. The news of the show coming to an end came down earlier this month. Many of the current show participants took to social media to post their thoughts including hosts Mike Yam and Kimmi Chex along with analyst Chase Daniel.

“Tonight marks the last ever episode of NFL Total Access,” said Chex. “I was 7 years old when this show aired meaning that I spent my life watching. Co-hosting our flagship program this past season has been the honor of my career. I’m not going anywhere but for now, it’s goodbye TA.”

Yam said, “It’s been an absolute thrill hosting NFL Total Access. Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network. “Thank you” isn’t nearly enough to express the gratitude I have for the team. See you at 7est for 1 more run.”

A report from The Athletic said the show would be replaced “at least in the interim” by Insiders with Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero.

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NBCUniversal Names Olympic Hosts for USA, CNBC and E!; Kathryn Tappen Headlines

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games.”

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NBCUniversal announced its hosts for coverage of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 on USA Network, CNBC and E! Cara Banks, Laura Britt and Trenni Casey will all be a part of the coverage on CNBC and E! Lindsay Czarniak, Carolyn Manno and Kathryn Tappen will all take part in the USA Network coverage.

The Opening Ceremony of the 2024 Paris Olympics is Friday, July 26 on NBC, Peacock, and Telemundo.

Coverage on USA Network, CNBC, and E! is expected to include Team USA men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and volleyball, as well as swimming, gymnastics, and track & field, and more.

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games,” said Rebecca Chatman, Vice President and Coordinating Producer, NBC Olympics Production in a release.

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