Upset 49ers radio analyst Tim Ryan has Richard Sherman in his corner, in some ways, when it comes to Ryan’s comments this week about Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.
Sherman told reporters Thursday that Ryan made a good observation of Jackson’s dark skin by camouflaging the ball and making it harder for the 49ers to defend him.
“I understand how it can be taken under a certain frame and be aggressive to some, but if you say, it’s a brown ball (the Ravens) are wearing dark colors and have a brown hand, honestly, sometimes we had trouble seeing it in movie, “Sherman said (video below per Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News).
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The Niners suspended Ryan for a game after posting reports about his comments on a San Francisco radio show. Sherman said he wasn’t “as angry as everyone else” after learning what Ryan had said.
“It’s 100 percent is an issue,” Sherman said of not being able to get the ball. “That’s why (what Ryan said) was not so aggressive, because what he was saying was a great point … He could use better words, but he became bigger than he really was.”
Sherman said he doesn’t think other 49ers players “took it offensively,” either.
Ryan, who played in the NFL from 1990-93 as a defensive tackle and worked for more than a decade as a Fox television analyst before joining the 49ers in 2014 (according to the San Francisco Chronicle) apologized to Jackson “and anyone else I offend.” The 49ers apologized separately for the Ravens.
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