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Pac-12 Networks suspends veteran broadcaster Ted Robinson for insensitive comments

Sep 10, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (September 10, 2014) – Pac-12 Networks has suspended veteran broadcaster Ted Robinson for insensitive comments he made on Bay Area radio station KNBR earlier this week. Robinson will not call any Pac-12 games for the next two weeks and will undergo sensitivity training.

Robinson made the comments on Monday in a discussion with Tom Tolbert about the ongoing Ray Rice domestic violence matter.

“Ted’s commentary on Monday was entirely unacceptable and stands in stark contrast to the core values of Pac-12 Networks,” said Pac-12 Networks President Lydia Murphy-Stephans. “We value Ted as a member of our team, but see this as an important learning opportunity as we work with him through sensitivity training before welcoming him back to our air.”

“I want to unconditionally apologize for my comments the other day,” said Robinson. “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 should ever be placed on a victim.”