Superstar quarterback Lamar Jackson, right, with superstar receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (Photo source: Instagram â€“ @new_era8)
Richard Sherman of the San Franciso 49ers has defended a White broadcaster who made racist comments about Baltimore Ravens quarterback, Lamar Jackson.
During the Baltimore Ravens matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, a 49ers broadcaster, Tim Ryan, used racist language to describe Jackson.
â€œHeâ€™s really good at that fake, Lamar Jackson, but when you consider his dark skin with a dark football with a dark uniform, you could not see that thing,â€� Ryan said on the air. â€œI mean you literally could not see when he was in and out of the mesh point, and if youâ€™re a half step slow on him in terms of your vision, forget about it. Heâ€™s out of the gate.â€�
Sherman responded by defending Jackson and saying, â€œI know Tim personally, and I listened to the dialogue and saw it written, and honestly I wasnâ€™t as outraged as everybody else,â€� Sherman said. â€œI understand how it can be taken under a certain context and be offensive to some. But if youâ€™re saying, this is a brown ball, theyâ€™re wearing dark colors and he has a brown arm, honestly, sometimes we were having trouble seeing it on filmâ€¦Heâ€™s making a play fake, and sometimes heâ€™s swinging his arm real fast, and youâ€™re like, Ok, does he have the ball? And you look up and [Mark] Ingram is running it. So it was technically a valid point, but you can always phrase things better. You can always phrase things and not say â€˜his black skin.â€™ â€�
The 49ers decided to suspend Ryan for his racial comments about Jackson.
â€œWe 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,â€� the 49ers said in a statement to the San Francisco Chronicle. â€œWe know Tim as a man of high integrity and are confident he will grow and learn from this experience.â€�