49ers suspend radio man for off-colour comments about Lamar Jackson

Tanya Simon
December 9, 2019

EARLIER: Radio analyst Tim Ryan has been suspended for one game by the NFL's San Francisco 49ers for insensitive remarks he made about Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson during a radio interview.

Speaking on the Murph and Mac Show on KNBR, Ryan suggested that Jackson has an advantage over other quarterbacks, especially when faking handoffs to running backs, because his "dark skin colour" helped hide the football.

With this monthly award added to his four AFC Offensive Player of the Week awards, Jackson seems like a shoo-in for the NFL's MVP award this season. But if you're saying, 'Hey, this is a brown ball, they're wearing dark colors, and he has a brown arm, ' honestly sometimes we were having trouble seeing it on film. "It was technically a valid point but you know you can always phrase things better.... and I've had a relationship with him since I got here and he's never been anything but a great guy".

What if everybody was Richard Sherman when Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Al Campanis said on national television in April 1987 that blacks "don't have the necessities" to be presidents, GMs or managers of Major League Baseball teams before adding blacks couldn't swim due to a lack of "buoyancy". "Lamar Jackson is an MVP-calibre player and I respect him greatly".

Sherman and Ford both vouched for Ryan's character.

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The radio station suspended Ryan on Wednesday, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Ryan issued a statement through the team, the Mercury News reported. The team now boasts a 10-2 record, tied for league's best with the Seattle Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints.

Ryan apologized to Jackson and "anyone else I offended" in a separate statement.

While noting that Ryan made a poor choice of words, Sherman said he made a good point about the challenges of playing against Jackson.

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