The 49ers suspended their team radio analyst this week for one game after comments he made on-air Monday about Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson’s skin color.
Tim Ryan came on KNBR’s “Murph & Mac” morning radio show in San Francisco on Monday and was asked for his thoughts about Jackson’s 101-yard rushing performance in last Sunday’s 20-17 victory against the 49ers. That’s when the color commentator said Jackson was good at faking handoffs because of his “dark skin color with a dark football.”
“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 the show.
As a result, Ryan will not be in the booth with play-by-play announcer Greg Papa on Sunday when the 49ers travel to face the New Orleans Saints.
Papa, who joined the 49ers this season after 21 years as the radio voice for the Oakland Raiders, called Ryan’s words “offensive” Thursday and said the team was right to suspend Ryan for Sunday’s game, but still defended his broadcast partner as a “quality, quality person,” the San Jose Mercury News reported.
The 49ers made the decision to suspend Ryan on Wednesday.
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