San Francisco 49ers have suspended their radio analyst Tim Ryan, over comments he made on a radio show during which he said Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson excels at faking handoffs because of his 'dark skin colour with a dark football.'
He made the controversial comments on a weekly segment with KNBR’s 'Murph and Mac' morning radio show as the hosts asked the San Jose native about Jackson’s performance in Sunday’s 20-17 victory over the 49ers.
Jackson, a front-runner to be named NFL MVP, rushed and passed for more than 100 yards in a game between two of the league’s top teams, although he QR rating was below 90 indicating it far from one of his best displays of the season.
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“He’s really good at that fake, Lamar Jackson, but when you consider his dark skin colour with a dark football with a dark uniform, you could not see that thing,” Ryan shockingly said on air.
“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.”
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Team officials said that they are “disappointed” in Ryan’s comments and are suspending 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," a statement read.
"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.”
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In a statement to The Chronicle, Ryan said, “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 apologise to him and anyone else I offended.”
The Ravens on Wednesday said “The 49ers reached out to us earlier today and explained what happened.”
The 49ers said they called the Ravens to “extend our apologies and assure them the matter is not being taken lightly.”
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