49ers suspend broadcaster for Ray Rice remarks
The San Francisco 49ers suspended veteran broadcaster Ted Robinson for two games for insensitive remarks about the Ray Rice domestic violence case.
Robinson is also suspended for two weeks by the Pac-12 Network.
Robinson said that Janay Rice was partly to blame for not speaking up about the incident.
"That, to me, is the saddest part of it," he said.
"I want to unconditionally apologize for my comments the other day," Robinson said. "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 should ever be placed on a victim."
Added 49ers team 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."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun