49ers' Play-By-Play Announcer Ted Robinson Suspended By Team, Pac-12 Network For Comments Blaming Ray Rice Victim
Rick Chandler 02:43 pm, September 11th, 2014
This surprises me, because Ted Robinson has always seemed to me to be markedly innocuous and fair-minded. But on Monday the San Francisco 49ers play-by-play man careened wildly off the rails with an unfortunate, ill-advised mini-rant aimed at the victim in the Ray Rice domestic abuse case.
Robinson was suspended for two games by the 49ers on Wednesday for his comments, in which he called Janay Rice and her decision to marry Ray Rice "pathetic", and for saying the victim bears some responsibility in the incident. In addition, Robinson was also suspended for two weeks by the Pac-12 Network.
It's unclear whether that suspensions are with or without pay. The 49ers, of course, are tangled in a possible domestic violence case of their own, as police are investigating reports that Ray McDonald may have roughed up his pregnant fiancee. It appears that Robinson's comments may have been an attempt to deflect some blame from McDonald, whom 49ers president Jed York said that he is supporting while "due process" is being carried out.
Robinson made the comments during a segment on KNBR-680 radio in San Francisco on Monday. He later issued an apology (seen below).
Robinson, on Monday:
"How does she marry him after that? How does she go in front of Goodell? That's pathetic to me," Robinson said.
Ted Robinson literally just said Janay Rice's decision to marry Ray Rice and stand by him after the fact is pathetic. Said it twice.
“I want to unconditionally apologize for my comments the other day,” Robinson said in a statement. “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.”
The statement runs directly contrary to what Robinson said on Monday: it's not as if he misspoke, or said "Appalachia" when he meant "Appaloosa". But such is the nature of professional sports apologies these days.
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