The San Francisco 49ers have suspended radio announcer Tim Ryan after he said on a KNBR radio show that Lamar Jackson’s dark skin gives him an advantage on the playing field.
The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the suspension, which runs at least through Sunday’s game at New Orleans. The team confirmed the suspension.
Ryan’s comments came during his weekly appearance on the “Murph and Mac” morning show, when he was describing Jackson’s ability in faking handoffs.
“He’s really good at that fake, Lamar Jackson, but when you consider his dark skin color with a dark football with a dark uniform, you could not see that thing,” Ryan said in breaking down the 49ers’ loss to the Ravens and MVP candidate Jackson, according to the Chronicle.
Jackson threw for 105 yards and ran for 101 as the Ravens beat the Niners, 20-17.
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Ryan gave an apologetic statement to beat writer Cam Inman: “I regret my choice of words in trying to describe the conditions of the game. Lamar Jackson is an MVP-caliber player and I respect him greatly. I want to sincerely apologize to him and anyone else I offended.”
The 49ers release the following statement announcing Ryan’s suspension:
“We are disappointed in Tim Ryan’s comments earlier this week, and have suspended him for the upcoming game. We hold Tim to a high standard as a representative of our organization and he must be more thoughtful with his words. Tim has expressed remorse in a public statement and has also done so with us privately. We know Tim as a man of high integrity and are confident he will grow and learn from this experience.
“We have reached out to the Baltimore Ravens organization to extend our apologies and assure them the matter is not being taken lightly.”
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports