Our country sucks.
https://www.sfchronicle.com/49ers/annki ... 885046.php
Speaking on KNBR’s “Murph and Mac” morning show Monday, 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 mean, you literally could not see when he was in and out of the mesh point.”
There was no follow-up question on the strange remark. The interview has been deleted from the KNBR website. After inquiries from The Chronicle, the 49ers announced Wednesday afternoon that Ryan has been suspended from Sunday’s broadcast. Ryan also issued an apology.
You can shrug it off. Or you can interpret it that Ryan said basically that Jackson is really good, but he has an unfair advantage because he has dark skin. Which should make you do a spit-take if you’ve paid attention to the league and its history.
And that’s the problem. Ryan is a color commentator. An analyst. He is not a 14-year-old who just wandered into the booth with no context or historical knowledge. He is supposed to provide perspective, not just on the play in the moment, or the particular game he’s calling, but the big picture on what we are watching.
“Assigning ANY dimension of Lamar’s undeniable brilliance at QB to his skin color — a raw and sensitive assessment and assertion not only because it is profoundly obtuse and ignorant on its face and carries implications that I’m certain were not intended, but because skin color has been such a factor in rationalizing denial of Black athletes’ opportunities to play the QB position over most of the NFL’s 100 years of existence,”
Arizona Cardinals - Kyler Murray
Baltimore Ravens - Lamar Jackson
Carolina Panthers - Cam Newton
Dallas Cowboys - Dak Prescott
Houston Texans - Deshaun Watson
Indianapolis Colts - Jacoby Brissett
Kansas City Chiefs - Patrick Mahomes
Seattle Seahawks - Russell Wilson
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jameis Winston
Washington Redskins - Dwayne Haskins
9/32 teams have a black starting QB. That's 28% of NFL teams. AA's make up 13% of the population. Then you have the backup QB's like Tyrod Taylor, Teddy Bridgewater, RG III, Geno Smith, Deshone Kizer, Josh Dobbs.
What a complete fucking non-story.