KNBR fires controversial talk-show host Krueger

Updated: August 10, 2005, 2:02 PM ET

SAN FRANCISCO - Talk-show host Larry Krueger's racial slurs about the San Francisco Giants and manager Felipe Alou have cost him his job.

KNBR, the flagship radio station for the Giants and a part owner of the club, fired Krueger along with program manager Bob Agnew and morning show producer Tony Rhein.

On August 3, Krueger called the Giants "brain-dead Caribbean hitters hacking at slop nightly." He went on to say that Alou's mind "has turned to Cream of Wheat." Two days later, Krueger was suspended one week without pay.

However, after the station played "inappropriate comedy sound bytes" while airing excerpts from Alou's recent interview with ESPN on Tuesday morning, KNBR vice president and general manager Tony Salvadore announced the firings in a statement on the station's website.

"On August 9, the KNBR Morning Show opened with a discussion of Felipe Alou's related comments on ESPN's 'Outside the Lines,' which aired the previous evening," Salvadore said in the statement. "The segment, featuring inappropriate comedy sound bytes, demonstrated an utter lack of regard for the sensitivity of the issues involved and a premeditated intent to ridicule Felipe Alou's commentary.

"KNBR will not tolerate such behavior and has taken decisive action against the individuals responsible for these unfortunate events. Effective August 10, program manager Bob Agnew, morning show producer Tony Rhein and Sportsphone 680 host Larry Krueger are no longer employed by KNBR."

On Wednesday, the Giants issued a statement in reaction to the firings.

"We are saddened by the series of events of the last few days that have resulted in the dismissal of three KNBR employees, with whom the Giants have worked closely for a number of years," the statement said. "We had hoped that the situation could have been resolved without the termination of anyone. However, in light of the events of August 9, we respect KNBR management's decision to proceed in this manner.

"The events of the past week have been deeply troubling for everyone - our manager, our players, our fans, the front office and the entire Giants community. We hope that everyone can learn from these unfortunate events and move forward."

Alou, who is in his third season as Giants manager, refused to accept an apology from Krueger and called him a "messenger of Satan" on ESPN's "Outside the Lines" on Monday night.

The Giants (48-63) entered Wednesday fourth in the National League West Division, 8 1/2 games behind the division-leading San Diego Padres.

KNBR owns 1 1/2 percent of the Giants.

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