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Broadcaster Suspended For Making Comments About Ravens QB Lamar Jackson's 'Dark Skin'

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By Clark Sparky

San Francisco 49ers radio broadcaster Tim Ryan is being punished by the organization for comments he made on a talk radio show on Monday. During KNBR’s "Murph and Mac" show, Ryan, a former NFL defensive lineman, referred to the "dark skin" of Baltimore Ravens star quarterback Lamar Jackson.

“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, and if you’re a half step slow on him in terms of your vision, forget about it, he’s out of the gate.”

The team released a statement to the San Francisco Chronicle about the incident, and said they are suspending Ryan for the team's upcoming game.

“We hold Tim to a high standard as a representative of our organization and he must be more thoughtful with his words. Tim has expressed remorse in a public statement and has also done so with us privately,” 49ers officials said. “We know Tim as a man of high integrity and are confident he will grow and learn from this experience.”

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