Well, that’s surely not what Grant Napear expected to transpire when he spoke with TNT analyst Chris Webber about the network misreporting information about the state of the Sacramento Kings’ arena situation. Take a listen for yourself as Weber took offense to the very first question of the interview — an inquiry about incorrect statements made during last Thursday night’s nationally televised contest between the Kings and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Webber joined KHTK in Sacramento in to talk about the TNT crew misreporting the Sacramento Kings’ arena situation, why he’s angry that he was being asked about that considering his track record of being an advocate for the city of Sacramento and the Kings organization, and how he’s happy to apologize to the city of Sacramento for the crew’s mistake but not at all willing to explain himself to the show’s host — all before hanging up abruptly and angrily.
On how the TNT crew got their information wrong about the Sacramento Kings’ arena situation:
“Well what is the correct information? First of all, Jodi (Bacon, the producer of the Grant Napear Show) called me and said fans want to talk which is a nice thing. If there was any incorrect information, just tell me the right information and do it correctly. But just realize this people of Sacramento — it’s not about what information was given, it’s that people are talking about Sacramento. My job in the media, all I’ve done is keep Sacramento’s name out there, it’s a fact. Who got on TV last year and said we need people to call in and make sure Sacramento stays? Did I do that? Did I stop my professionalism and go to my number one which is to keep the team there? Can you ever accuse me of being professional when it comes to the Kings, because you can’t? I can’t be professional because that’s my home. So if we need to have a conversation, let’s have a conversation. But for those of you out there, I was in a meeting, people were calling and texting so much saying ‘hey, we love you, it was so fun, I even missed a flight.’ And then I call in and do this, and this is what always happens. This is what’s funny. Just call me and say what you wan to talk about….’how do you people at TNT…’ I don’t know. I don’t even know what you’re talking about. This is the first thing you say to me?! This is why the relationship between us has always been this way. I am the most straightforward guy and all you have to do is say ‘I want to talk about what happened yesterday.’ I called you out of the goodness of my heart to talk about how good it was to put on a jersey, and that was the first time I had put on a basketball jersey since I retired. And then if we wanted to talk about that, we could. If I did anything wrong to the fans of Sacramento, I apologize, but I’m not going to give this guy a chance on this show to do that. I’ll give you the forum to talk to me, and I apologize if I did anything wrong Sacramento.”