49ers Announcer Suspended For Saying Lamar Jackson Had An Advantage Due To ‘Dark Skin Color With A Dark Football’

Written by Kecia Gayle December 6, 2019
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49ers Announcer Suspended For Saying Lamar Jackson Had An Advantage Due To ‘Dark Skin Color With A Dark Football’

The San Francisco 49ers have decided to suspended announcer Tim Ryan following comments he made about Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.

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During Ryan’s weekly segment with KNBR’s “Murph and Mac” morning radio show, the hosts asked the San Jose native about Jackson’s performance in Sunday’s 20-17 victory over the 49ers as he rushed and passed for more than 100 yards in a game between two of the league’s top teams.

Ryan said that Jackson had an advantage on play-fakes because of his “dark skin with a dark football.”

“He’s really good at that fake, Lamar Jackson, but when you consider his dark skin 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.”

Ryan issued an apology after being hit with a wave of backlash,

“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.”

According to USA Today, Ryan has been suspended for one game, the 49ers’ game Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

“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,” said the 49ers.

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