The San Francisco 49ers suspended veteran broadcaster Ted Robinson on Wednesday night for the next two games following comments this week on a San Francisco radio station about the Ray Rice domestic violence case that were deemed insensitive.
The Pac-12 Networks also announced late Wednesday that it had suspended Robinson for the next two weeks and that he would undergo sensitivity training. Robinson, 57, spoke while co-hosting on KNBR radio Monday.
“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 49ers president Paraag Marathe.
The transcript of Robinson’s broadcast follows.
KNBR Radio Host: That’s something about Ray Rice, isn’t it Ted?
Ted Robinson: It really is. Nobody should ever hit a woman like that. Let me tell you what pisses me off though. How come we have to call Obama the first black president? He’s only half black. Look at his wife, she’s full on black and like 3 shades darker than him.
<35 seconds of the most awkward silence ever>
Ted Robinson: What?
Following his suspension, the following statement was issued: “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. I wholeheartedly apologize and I will refer to Obama as the first black president from now on. Also, I think my paternal grandmother was Jewish, so please call me Jew King of the Bay from now on. Assholes.”