Many of you have asked/commented on why we haven’t talked about this. At first, I had zero interest in covering this “story” for obvious reasons. San Francisco 49ers radio announcer Tim Ryan was suspended for comments he made about Lamar Jackson. Ryan said, “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.”
I wasn’t interested in opening this can of worms because it could take us down a rabbit hole that nobody wants to get to. You’re naive if you think otherwise. It’s also not fair for me or you to speak on Ryan’s words because we don’t know him personally. I’ve stood next to Ryan, but that’s been the extent. So I’m not going to judge somebody that I don’t know or make an emotional post and get all worked up when I haven’t spoken to the person.
As for Ryan’s words, he knows he can’t say that. You know it, I know it. It’s unacceptable and uncalled for. Do I understand what point he’s trying to get across? Absolutely. I also understand that, at that moment, that Ryan was telling us exactly what was on his mind. I’m not sure what era that would have been acceptable, but today, after everything that has happened, it takes us back to our initial point: just don’t. Another reason why I wasn’t interested in talking about this is that I didn’t want to condone this behavior knowing that if you apologize, then it makes it okay. Again, it’s all on the person.
In this case, the person has a reputation with the Niners players on a personal level. When you build that foundation, it’s much easier to look past, or better yet understand, the place Ryan is coming from. Both Dee Ford and Richard Sherman spoke about Ryan. Here’s Ford:
On the one hand, good luck not taking the words out of context. On the other hand, it’s important to know that there is a history here, and the players clearly are behind Ryan and haven’t had any incidences with him before.
#49ers Richard Sherman said radio analyst Tim Ryan apologized to individuals at team hotel for his “dark skin” comment about Lamar Jackson, said Ryan made “valid” points but could have chosen better words pic.twitter.com/O8dWOztQiC— (@CamInman) December 5, 2019
Sherm sums it up well and does an excellent job of putting it into context with live examples. Ryan has a point, just had the wrong verbiage.
Ryan reportedly went around the team hotel apologizing to players, which does say a lot about his character. Not the, “I got caught, let me say sorry,” but “you know me, and I did not mean it that way” was my sense after asking around.
Now that a couple of players have spoken on it, we can open up this discussion. I do ask that you try and be mindful of the situation and your surroundings and make sure that your discussion is consistent with our community guidelines, which you can review here. How you view this situation may not be similar to how the next person does.