Just stick to sports: 49ers radio announcer suspended for comments about Rice’s wife

Yet another example of a sports announcer stepping into a mine field when the topic veers into highly complicated social issues.

The latest case involves Ted Robinson, the 49ers radio voice who now will have a few weeks to think about what he said.

The team suspended Robinson for two games following comments he made about Janay Rice during an interview Monday on a local San Francisco radio station. He also was suspended for two games by the Pac 12 Network, where he also does play-by-play.

While discussing the Ray Rice controversy, Robinson said his wife’s decision to marry him was “pathetic.” He also said Janay Rice had a responsibility to speak up after she was knocked unconscious by her then-fiancee.

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

Said 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.”

Said 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.”


Sports announcers and analysts, consider yourselves warned again. Just stick to sports.




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