A broadcaster who is also a former NFL player got in hot water over comments he made about Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.
“The San Francisco 49ers have suspended broadcaster Tim Ryan for one game … after the ex-NFLer said Lamar Jackson was successful at faking hand-offs because of ‘his dark skin,'” TMZ reports.
Ryan, who played with the Chicago Bears from 1990-1993, made the comment on a KNBR radio show during a discussion of why Jackson was successful in a recent win over the 49ers.
TMZ quotes Ryan saying: “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.”
TMZ adds: “Ryan — who joined the Niners’ radio team in 2014 — later addressed his comment, saying ‘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 said in a statement released Wednesday that Ryan would not be on the radio for Sunday’s game 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,” the team said in the 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.”
A clip of Ryan’s comments can be heard in the Twitter post below …
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