The 49ers suspended Tim Ryan, an analyst for the team’s flagship radio station KNBR, one game for saying Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson’s “dark skin color” allows him to better hide the ball on fake handoffs, the team announced Wednesday.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, which first reported the suspension, Ryan made the comments Monday during a weekly segment on KNBR’s “Murph and Mac” morning show. Jackson, who is black, led the Ravens to a 20-17 win over the 49ers with 105 passing yards, 101 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
“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. “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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The Ravens wore black uniforms during their win over San Francisco.
Ryan issued a statement to the Chronicle on Wednesday, 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 told the Chronicle that Ryan “must be more thoughtful with his words.”
“Tim has expressed remorse in a public statement and has also done so with us privately,” a 49ers spokesperson said a statement. “We know Tim as a man of high integrity and are confident he will grow and learn from this experience.”