49ers Suspend Ted Robinson For Comments On Ray Rice Case
September 11, 2014 at 4:08 AM (PT)
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS radio play-by-play voice TED ROBINSON has been suspended for two games for his comments on the RAY RICE case on CUMULUS Sports KNBR-A/SAN FRANCISCO MONDAY afternoon. He was also suspended from the PAC-12 NETWORK, for which he calls college football games for two games and was assigned to sensitivity training by the cable television network.
ROBINSON, talking with KNBR's TOM TOLBERT, appeared to place some of the blame for the former BALTIMORE RAVENS running back's domestic violence incident on then-fiancée, now-wife JANAY RICE, whose marriage to RICE after the incident he termed "pathetic" and who, he said, bore responsibility for not speaking up.
49ERS Pres. PARAAG MARATHE said that ROBINSON's comments were "offensive and in no way reflect the views of the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS organization ... Our organization stands strongly against domestic violence and will not tolerate comments such as these.” The 49ERS have their own domestic violence controversy, allowing RAY MCDONALD to play while his domestic violence case pends, although the tackle has not been formally charged yet.
ROBINSON issued a statement in which he said, “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.”