49ers suspend radio announcer Ted Robinson for Ray Rice comments

The 49ers have suspended veteran radio play-by-play man Ted Robinson. (49ers)
The 49ers have suspended veteran radio play-by-play man Ted Robinson. (49ers)

The San Francisco 49ers have suspended team radio broadcaster Ted Robinson two games for remarks he made about Ray Rice and domestic violence this week. 

While talking about Rice during a segment on KNBR-AM on Monday, Robinson had this to say about Rice's wife Janay, "How does she marry him after that? How does she go in front of Goodell? That's pathetic to me," Robinson said. 

"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," team president Paraag Marathe said in a statement. "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."

Robinson was also suspended for two games by the Pac-12 Network. 

"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 49ers may catch some heat for suspending the 57-year-old play-by-play man. The team made the decision that Ray McDonald will be allowed to play while he's investigated for felony domestic violence.

Robinson has been the team's play-by-play man since 2009 and signed a contract extension with the team in May 2013 that will keep him with the 49ers through 2018. 

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