49ers suspend radio broadcaster Tim Ryan, a former Bears lineman, for a comment about Lamar Jackson’s ‘dark skin color’

Chicago Tribune Sports 4 days ago

The 49ers have suspended radio analyst Tim Ryan for one game for saying Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was adept at carrying out fakes because of his “dark skin color with a dark football.”

Ryan made the comment Monday in an interview on the 49ers’ flagship radio station, KNBR, when describing Jackson’s ability to fake handoffs and keep the ball on runs that hurt the 49ers in a 20-17 loss to the Ravens on Sunday.

“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 on air. “I mean, you literally could not see when he was in and out of the mesh point.”

Ryan issued a statement of apology through the team Wednesday

“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.”

The 49ers said in a statement that they are “disappointed” in Ryan and that he won’t broadcast Sunday’s game in New Orleans.

“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. “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.”

The 49ers said they apologized to the Ravens.

Ryan played four seasons for the Bears (1990-93) as a defensive tackle after they picked him in the third round of the 1990 draft. He was a two-time All-American at USC, where he set a school record with 20 sacks in 1989.

He was a TV analyst on Fox for 11 years and has spent the last six seasons calling 49ers games on the radio.

The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the suspension.


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