49ers radio analyst suspended a game.
Blog King, Mass Appeal
SAN FRANCISCO — Tim Ryan, radio color analyst for the San Francisco 49ers, received a one game suspension on Wednesday after he denigrated Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson over the air. While yappin’ his beak on KNBR’s “Murph and Mac” sports show on Monday, Ryan told his listeners Jackson is good at faking handoffs because of his “dark skin color with a dark football.” Damn! Jackson, the presumptive league MVP, passed and rushed for over 100 yards in Baltimore’s 20-17 victory on Sunday.
When asked what makes Jackson such an extraordinary runner, Ryan said skin pigmentation has everything to do with it. “He’s really good at that fake,” he explained. “But when you consider his dark skin color with a dark football with a dark uniform, you could not see that thing. I mean, you literally could not see when he was in and out of the mesh point, and if you’re a half step slow on him in terms of your vision, forget about it, he’s out of the gate.”
Snippet of Tim Ryan’s comments RE: Lamar Jackson’s “dark skin with a dark football with a dark uniform… you could not see that thing” via KNBR. He has since been suspended by the team pic.twitter.com/vpRI3veoXK
— 49ersHive (@49ersHive) December 5, 2019
Team officials censured Ryan’s comments then suspended his ass without remuneration. However, many believe he should be fired. “We hold Tim to a high standard as a representative of our organization and he must be more thoughtful with his words,” 49ers officials said in a statement.
“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.”
Ryan rued his grammar in a statement to the San Francisco Chronicle. “I regret my choice of words in trying to describe the conditions of the game,” he said. “Lamar Jackson is an MVP-caliber player and I respect him greatly. I want to sincerely apologize to him and anyone else I offended.”
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