Thank you Grant Napear.
Yup, in a none-too-shocking admission, KHTK's resident sports blowhard finally admitted it on Monday.
He's a shill for the Maloofs.
A mouthpiece. A plant. An accomplice. The Panderer-in-Chief.
Now he didn't have to use those exact words, but it was clear when he proudly proclaimed on his radio show that there's no reason for him to badmouth the Maloofs since the Maloofs have been very good for Grant Napear (yes, he used the dreaded third person).
This is all fine and dandy, except Mr. Napear has always slyly implied that he's an even-handed player in the entire arena debacle.
Look, I wouldn't blast my boss if he was writing my checks either, but I would make it clear almost every time the subject came up by stating these simple words:
I am not a fair arbiter in this situation since I am employed by the owners of the Kings, but I would be happy to give you my opinion.
That almost never happened.
Instead, for years, he has berated caller after caller who dared to hold the Maloofs in a less-than-flattering light.
He must have a bulging hernia for all the water he's carried.
And now, when everyone in the sports world can see that the Maloof behavior has risen to the level of Weasel Defcon I, there is no way he should be even attempting to maneuver his flighty bosses into a more favorable position.
The NBA thinks the Maloofs have lost their minds.
The city of Sacramento thinks they're dishonest liars.
The Sacramento fans have had it with the years of insufferable negotiation stances.
But Grant "The Shill" Napear believes we should all just back off, play nice, and give all the sides the benefit of the doubt.
This is so transparently the message of P.R. outfit hired by the Kings that is is truly laughable.
Yes, the Maloofs have finally shown their true colors.
And finally, so has Grant Napear.