In the wake of a comment in reference to a black player’s skin color, San Francisco radio analyst Tim Allen has been suspended for one game.
Ryan made a remark against the Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, insinuating that his color of skin benefits him when faking handoffs during games.
“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 during a segment on KNBR’s Murph and Mac on Monday. “I mean you literally could not see when he was in and out of the mesh point and if your a half step slow on him in terms of your vision forget about it, he’s out the gate,” Ryan said during a segment on KNBR’s Murph and Mac on Monday.”
Ryan has since spoken to the Chronicle in remorse for his wording during the segment, 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 have since also released a statement to the Chronicle regarding Ryan’s comments, stating, “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. We know Tim as a man of high integrity and are confident he will grow and learn from this experience,” the team concluded.
Ryan, who previously played for the Chicago Bear until Retirement in 1994 and has been an analyst with the 49ers since 2014, will sit out during the 49er week 14 showdown against the New Orleans Saints and will resume his regular analytical duties when the 49ers compete against the Atlanta Falcons on Dec. 15.