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Ted Robinson suspended 2 games for comments about Janay Rice

Earlier this week, 49ers play-by-play person Ted Robinson made what were described as incredibly offensive comments about Janay Rice, wife of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. He has now been suspended by the 49ers for these comments.


Fooch's Update #2Per Cam Inman, Bob Fitzgerald (preseason radio PBP for 49ers, while Robinson does TV work) will handle radio PBP during the 2-game suspension.

The San Francisco 49ers have suspended radio play-by-play person Ted Robinson 2 games for comments he recently made about Janay Rice, the wife of former Ravens running back Ray Rice. I have been unable to find the broadcast audio, but from what people were saying on Twitter, Robinson was levying some measure of blame on Janay for returning to Ray. I'll continue to look for details, but that would seem to be confirmed by Robinson's statement.

Fooch's updateThe Chronicle has a little bit more on his comments:

In discussing the controversy regarding Ravens running back Ray Rice, Robinson said the victim, Rice's wife, Janay, bore some of the responsibility for not speaking up after she was knocked unconscious by her then-fiancee.

"That, to me, is the saddest part of it," Robinson said.

He and 49ers president Paraag Marathe both released statements on the matter.

Statement from Ted Robinson:

"I want to unconditionally apologize for my comments the other day. As a professional communicator, I am responsible for my words. My choice of words was careless and does not reflect my true feelings about domestic violence. I understand that the cycle of abuse keeps people in unhealthy relationships.  No blame or responsibility for domestic violence should ever be placed on a victim."

Statement from San Francisco 49ers President Paraag Marathe:

"The comments made by radio broadcaster Ted Robinson on Monday were offensive and in no way reflect the views of the San Francisco 49ers organization. We have made the decision to suspend him for the next two games. I informed Ted of our decision earlier today, and we will continue to address this matter with him internally. Our organization stands strongly against domestic violence and will not tolerate comments such as these."