Broadcasters have to be extremely careful with what they say, as their words are aired for viewers across the entire world.
As such, it’s important that they don’t exclude or call anyone out, being that what’s nothing to some might be offensive to others.
That’s why what 49ers radio color commentary guy Tim Ryan said about Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is shocking. Ryan appeared on KNBR’s “Murph and Mac” morning radio show, and he spoke about how Jackson is good at disguising handoffs while running the zone-read offense. His choice of words was poor, however, as you can read below.
“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, as transcribed by the San Francisco Chronicle. “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 comments about Jackson’s “dark skin” and “dark football” essentially giving him an advantage were ill-advised, and they earned Ryan a one-game suspension by the team.
It really is unbelievable how someone can have a job of that magnitude, vocalizing opinions to the public every week, yet not have a filter on his speech.