Former KHTK-AM, Sacramento sports talk personality Grant Napear lost a couple of requests in his legal fight against former employer Bonneville International, but U.S. District Court Judge Dale A. Drozd did rule in Napear’s favor in allowing his wrongful termination suit to go forward on the grounds of retaliation. Drozd ruled against Napear in his religious discrimination and breach of contract. As you may recall, in May of 2020 Napear responded to former Sacramento Kings player DeMarcus Cousins’ social media post asking him what he thought of Black Lives Matter and Napear responded, “ALL LIVES MATTER… EVERY SINGLE ONE.” Bonneville fired him citing a clause in his contract that holds him responsible for anything that “might discredit the goodwill, good name or reputation” of the company. In allowing the wrongful termination suit to go forward, Judge Drozd wrote that Napear “has stated a plausible cause for retaliation” under California Labor Code sections 1101 and 1102, stating further that “the court finds that plaintiff has sufficiently alleged a ‘rule, regulation, or policy’ under (section) 1101 by alleging … defendant used his termination ‘as an example to all other employees of the Company as an implicit warning that anyone that dared to speak out publicly and criticize the politics of the Black Lives Matter movement would be summarily terminated.’” Read the full Sacramento Bee story here.
Yahoo! News reports that former Sacramento Kings TV play-by-play personality and KHTK, Sacramento sports talk host Grant Napear is amending his wrongful termination suit against Bonneville International and is citing religious beliefs for the statement he made that cost him his positions. A California federal judge dismissed Napear’s suit last month but gave him 21 days to file an amended suit. Napear was let go after former Kings center DeMarcus Cousins asked him his opinion of Black Lives Matter and he replied, “ALL LIVES MATTER … EVERY SINGLE ONE.” In the amended filing, Napear says that his response was “an expression of his sincerely held religious beliefs as a member of the Unitarian Church and his opinion with regards to the sanctity of all lives.” Napear adds that “he is a lifelong and devout member of the Unitarian Universalist Church and embraces the seven principles espoused by the church, including the ‘inherent worth and dignity of every person.’” Read the Yahoo! story here.