A's broadcaster Glen Kuiper suspended indefinitely after on-air racial slur

Oakland Athletics broadcaster Glen Kuiper was suspended Saturday and will remain off the air until a review of his on-air racial slur is completed, an NBC Sports California spokesperson announced.

The slur occurred during Friday's pregame show ahead of the series opener against the Kansas City Royals. Appearing alongside color commentator Dallas Braden, Kuiper tried to tell the audience that the pair had visited Kansas City's Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Unfortunately, it appeared he flubbed the word "Negro," with the result coming out as the slur.

Kuiper, who has been Oakland's television play-by-play commentator since 2006, later issued an apology at the start of the sixth inning, saying his intended words came out as something else.

"A little bit 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. As I said, I just wanted to apologize for that."

NBC Sports California released a statement from Kuiper the next day with a firmer apology:

“I could not be more sorry and horrified by what I said. I hope you will accept my sincerest apologies.”

The A's quickly denounced Kuiper's language after the game and released a statement saying they would address the situation.

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 17: Broadcasters Glen Kuiper and Dallas Braden of the Oakland Athletics in the TV booth during the game against the Minnesota Twins at RingCentral Coliseum on May 17, 2022 in Oakland, California. The Athletics defeated the Twins 5-2. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)
Glen Kuiper (left) won't be calling Athletics games for an unclear amount of time. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)

One person who called for forgiveness was Negro Leagues Museum president Bob Kendrick, who released a statement earlier Saturday denouncing the word used but noting that Kuiper was "genuinely excited" when he visited the museum and welcoming others to forgive Kuiper:

"I'm aware of the unfortunate slur made by Glen Kuiper. I welcomed Glen to the NLBM yesterday and know he was genuinely excited to be here. 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 ourselves to do the same!"

Former A's great Dave Stewart, who is Black, seconded Kendrick's statement and said his years of knowing Kuiper made him think he deserves a second chance after "an unfortunate mistake."

The A's are on the road for their next five games, returning home May 11 against the Texas Rangers.