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A's announcer Glen Kuiper apologizes for dropping N-word with 'hard R' on TV

Oakland Athletics announcer Glen Kuiper issued an apology Friday for dropping the N-word with a "hard R" during a live broadcast of the team's road victory over the Kansas City Royals.

Kuiper, 59, was trying to say "Negro Leagues Baseball Museum" when the slip-up happened. His broadcast partner, Dallas Braden, didn't seem to catch the apparent racial slur.

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Braden, 39, kept his eyes closed while Kuiper explained how they visited the Negro League Museum and Arthur Bryant's Barbeque earlier in the day.

Kuiper issued an apology later in the broadcast, saying he didn't mean to say what he said.

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

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While it seems like an honest mistake, fans are calling for Kuiper to lose his job, claiming that the word would not have slipped out if it weren't part of his daily vocabulary.

The A's issued a statement to announce they are investigating the circumstances, but Kuiper has yet to be suspended or fired.

"The language used by Glen Kuiper during today's pregame broadcast is unacceptable," read the statement. "The Oakland Athletics do not condone such language. We are working to address the situation."

Kuiper's incident reminded MLB fans of when former Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman used a homophobic slur on air while his microphone was still live. Coincidentally, that also happened in Kansas City.

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